Design: Mind mapping
Another technique that is used to generate ideas is mind mapping. A mind map is a sketch or drawing that allows you to identify all the factors that need to be taken into account when developing a solution to a design brief. The name of the product or service appears at the center of the mind map and each of the solutions and other factors are placed around it. The map can then be progressively expanded as more detail is added.
Here's a simple example
of a mind map created to examine the different ways of transporting
materials across a swamp:
There are a number of advantages of using a mind map to generate ideas and to understand the relationship between them. These include:
How to create a mind map:
In order to make your mind map more useful you can:
Finally, here's an example of a mind
mind that incoporates pictures to make it look more attractive and
to convey additional information to the reader. Can you say what
the creator of the map had in mind when he or she made the map?
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