When a colleague introduced me to Smashwords – she republished her husband’s excellent book book that originally came out in 1990 – I couldn’t resist doing the same with one of mine that came out in 2006 – though a manual dates almost immediately, unlike the well written history of a Toronto landmark.
My book was written to help those interested in real life applications for mindmapping software – using the software program, VisiMap, as listed in the menu above. The ideas in it apply to any software or hand drawn maps in this now broad software class. So if you would like a free copy you can access it here.
I’m enjoying Mindmeister as an online mapping program. It follows the principles Tony Buzan espouses by making it easy to add colour and image to the key words on the map. The one thing that I wish the programmer would do would be to make it easier to access the images from the menu. It took a few trials before I got it into my head where to go for that. VisiMap also makes it even easier to add new branch material by just starting to type on anything highlighted. I’d like to see that improvement too. But otherwise the design is very attractive. I notice that the images that I am using takes rather a long time to load. I like to use quality photos and the kind of embedding going on make the map images slow to load. Too many people having fun perhaps?
A small group of colleagues are starting to develop a number of digital samples. So this one is the first to go into a new category. Have a look at the new map.
This one is a Coursera course called Creativity, Innovation and Change. Compared with Jazz Improvisation, where I was well out of my league and alas never completed the course, though I would like to return to it after some upgrading of my basic knowledge – and Song Writing, where I was much more attuned to the work and really enjoyed composing a song from scratch, this one in part of a territory that is familiar as well. But I am always interested in learning how others view creating.
The first week’s assignment includes the creation of a Life Ring – a visual presentation of roles and responsibilities – with a view to getting them down to a manageable number based on passion and priorities. The centre is to delineate a passion or driving force. I like the graphic image of the course itself – which shows a mixture of organic and man made features so that became the centre. And the obvious way for me to create such a map was with the use of VisiMap.
You can look at a full size version here
The course is just getting underway. So if you need to go to class in September, it looks as though this one would be more than worthwhile.
This video link should stimulate your appetite to learn more about visual thinking. It’s worth noting how many forms you know and are already putting into practice yourself.
The popular book, first published in 1997 as a manual on visual thinking in general has been republished with VisiMap in mind. Examples have been included using VisiMap 4.0 Professional and the book is filled with templates and models, useful to the world of work. An example is included from the Chapter,
Meeting of Minds. Each chapter contains a summary of the contents, and many maps are included that can be used as templates or models for your own.