There are a number of reasons to use mind maps. In this example I’m literally mind mapping the content of this post as I write it. This is a trivial example as a post isn’t very long. I don’t need Mind Doodle for this, but it makes the task faster.
I started with my central idea, which is Why Mind Map? From there I’ve added other ideas as they occur to me. Ideas can in turn lead to further connected ideas, which I also link in. This is a natural way to think. I don’t have to worry about the overall structure of the post, I just add all the ideas I want to include. In fact, upon review, I might decide to remove some ideas, but at least I’ve had the chance to think of everything then trim down to the most relevant.
Mind maps are also really useful for planning larger documents or projects. They can also be used for live documents, such as taking lecture notes or recording the minutes of meetings.
The human mind doesn’t work linearly. Consider a simple story, beginning, middle and end. That’s easy, but not realistic. Each part has sub plots, and it’s not always obvious which order to put them in. Inevitably the order will change as one’s ideas grow. A, B, C, D, E, F, G might make sense initially, but by the time you add detail you may end up with something like A, D, C, B, F, E, G. By avoiding linear constraints we free our minds. We can structure later.
With Mind Doodle it’s possible to mind map first, then review ones ideas in tree form. This allows us to consider the order, and arrange our ideas logically.
Mind Mapping is an iterative process, much like creating software or running a business. In the first pass a mind map has no detail; it’s literally a map of high level ideas.
In Mind Doodle we encourage users to add depth. So we have a detailed view for adding notes, images, files and data. For writing a blog post, notes and maybe images are sufficient. For other use cases, data and files are needed too. For example writing a business plan or tracking website usage.
By adding depth the overall mind map makes more sense. The process of deeper thinking might lead to new ideas, or combining multiple ideas together as they naturally merge.
Not all projects are solo. In fact in the real world few are. So a good mind mapping tool will let users collaborate. With Mind Doodle we’ve placed collaboration at the centre of our tool. We encourage people to discuss online with the inbuilt chat tool. We also use web sockets, so that if user A is working on a Doodle at the same time as User B, they instantly see each others ideas as they are added. Collaboration is more efficient, saving time and money.
People are different, some are predominantly left-brained and vice versa. Visual representations ease communication and understanding. Sometimes mind maps are used as part of a process to build something else, like a blog post. Other times a mind map stands alone; it’s simply a medium for communication.
In Mind Doodle we’ve expanded the traditional approach. In addition to the map and tree view we have 3D, which we believe is unique. 3D offers a new perspective, literally.
3D is particularly useful for larger mind maps, for situations where there are too many ideas to fit on to a single screen or piece of paper. The mind struggles to take all the information in at once. However the 3D view is molecular in appearance, and fractal in nature. It’s believed that the human mind struggles to remember more than 7 or 8 things at once. This is why the 3D view is so advantageous, as users can concentrate on a single level at a time.
This is an example of a larger mind map.
The alpha release of Mind Doodle was launched in February. Today we are releasing the beta. At the moment it’s free to use, and anyone who signs up now will always have a free licence. At some point in the future we will switch to a structured freemium-licensing model. There will always be a free version, but with some restrictions.
To try out the beta, sign up at MindDoodle.com.
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