Let’s have a look at mind mapping examples together. I love to look at the mind maps other people make. The many examples that can be found online are amazing, boring, interesting, fun, educational and sometimes inspirational.
Above all, they are maps that can learn us to become better mind mappers and visual thinkers.
The Cool Mind Mapping Examples, In Random Order
Mind Map Example 1: Global Warming Map
This first map is from S. Genovese from learningfundamentals.com.au. She created this map on Global Warming.
I really love the colors and the images she uses. One thing that people tell me when I show them this map is: it is kind of overwhelming.
And that is probably because of the many branches that this map uses, she uses 9.
When you combine a number of them you can reduce the overwhelm and make it an even better map. The way I would combine branches is by taking the EAT LESS MEAT and USE LESS and combine those. Also the ENERGY AUDIT and the GREEN POWER branches can be joined together. Perhaps you can even combine HOME and PLANT TREES. This reduces the number of branches to 6. Less branches and less overwhelming.
What I always take away from this map is to realize that you can use small and simple drawing to create a nice looking image easily.
Mind Map Example 2: Time Management Map
Map number 2 is the map from MindTools.com on time management.
Again a map with many branches and now with a lot of text. I think that the main focus of this map lies on the images, not on the words. When I look at it, the words usually blur into the background. I get too much distracted by the center image and don’t look at the rest of the map.
What do you see when you look at the map?
When the words would be used differently (more emphasis on important ones and different font sizes) would improve the usability of the map I think.
The main takeaway from this map is that words do matter, especially the way you write them. Make sure you don’t get distracted by creating a map with too many or too impressive images.
Mind Map Example 3: How To Mind Map
This map is created by Paul Foreman, a highly skilled mind mapper and mind map trainer.
This is a map that is a near perfect Buzan style mind map. It explains how you create mind maps.
The only thing I would change about this map is probably use different colors for the branches. All the lower level branches (under the first level) are all thin lines and they are grey.
Have a look at Paul Foreman using Google to learn more about him and his methods and ideas.
Mind Map Example 4: How To Mind Map (2)
This is an example by Adam Sicinski from iqmatrix.com.
Although this map is also on how to mind map, you immediately see the different setup and look.
I have absolutely no idea how Adam creates these fine maps. He has a collection of over 200 maps that he did.
In the last mind map all the branches were the same color and that was not in line with the original Buzan style of mapping.
This map does almost the same thing, but highlights the background color of the words and groups them that way. Really cool and very clear. Something you can take away from this map and use in your own maps as well.
Mind Map Example 5: Hand Drawn Map
Here is a hand drawn map by Sarah Grant.
The reason I added this map to the list is because it show you the clear difference between maps with images and colors and maps with words only.
As you can see the map is clear enough to be used. Note that this kind of mind map is better for just organizing your thoughts, work, projects, etc.
Normally you would not use this map for studying history or anything like that. It is just not something that sticks on your mind (because the lack of colors and images).
Takeaway from this map: don’t waste time on maps that will only serve to clear your thoughts or ideas. Keep it as simple as possible.
Mind Map Example 6: Future Trends v. Present Status
A map from Dilip Singapore we just have to add to our list of maps so it can help us improve our mapping techniques.
I like about this map that there are not too many images and it uses a lot of colors.
It should be easier to read when the branches would be in the same color. Another thing you could do is use the same colors for the same ideas. So blue for everything related to future. Red for travel, etc. This means that you can group not just in branches but also see in one view what related topics are.
Mind Map Example 7: World Domination
Something that looks like a mind map (by Kendal Peiguss), but kind of isn’t but is (can you still follow it? )
This is more an info chart probably. Still, it has a central topic and image and it connects the topics.
I included this map to make sure you know that mind mapping in the traditional sense is done differently, but you should not be bound by the rules of traditional mind mapping only.
Make your own rules and work on your skills to improve clarity in your information. Your brain may like this or other mind mapping styles, that’s fine. Find your own style and move forward.
Mind Map Example 8: A Cinderella Story
Evelyn Lim from AbundanceTapestry.com created this map.
Your biggest takeaway is that you should know that mind maps are wonderful tools to tell stories. It doesn’t matter if you create stories for children or capture presentations for business professionals. They are all stored in maps that tell a story.
In fact, every map tells a story. It is up to you to capture it and make is as clear and inviting as possible for yourself and to your audience.
Mind Map Example 9: Art Tips From Sketch Book
Jennifer Frith created this map.
What I really, really like about it is its simplicity.
All the other maps before are big, have lots of information and show you many different things.
This map is simple.
This is what your life, mind, work and maps should like like I think. Don’t make it any harder than it is. Simplicity is key.
Mind Map Example 10: 60 Second Map
I love this! Don’t know who created it, but I like the title of the file when I found it. It is a 60 second map.
In my practical mind mapping training, I tell people to spend as little time working on their map as possible. Don’t make creating a mind map a goal itself.
Simply create a map that does what it needs to do and be done with it. Spending too much time on mind maps is a waste of time.
Your takeaway… the next mind map you create must be ready in 60 seconds (MAX)!
Let’s Do A Mind Map Comparison
There are many different maps that we had a look at. Some are very colorful. Other only use words. There are some maps that were done in less than a minute. Others took probably many hours to create.
I believe that there is not a perfect mind map. A map can be good right now, and useless tomorrow. This is just because of changing circumstances and new information and thoughts.
A mind mapping comparison is hard to do because of this.
No matter what you do with a mind map, always understand what your goal is and how the map will benefit you in that process.
What We Can Learn From These Mind Mapping Examples
(or what you can take away from this article and apply in your own work)
The biggest takeaways I think should be that you
- don’t spend too much time on your maps
- use colors and images when appropriate
- follow the mind mapping rules but let them help you and not restrict you
When you do that, you are ready to create real overview and clarity in your thoughts, ideas, work and life.
Enjoy your next mind map with this in mind. Be sure to show me your mind maps and let’s see if we can showcase them here or work on them together.
After all, we need to study other mind mapping examples to improve our own mind mapping techniques.