Jamie Nast is the author of "Idea Mapping" published by John Wiley & Sons. The book is available in the Business/Economics section of bookstores. Jamie has trained over 15,000 people world-wide to be more creative, more productive and better learners.

Monday, March 10, 2008

What is the Benefit of Colored Branches? Idea Map #92 and Hint #20

On Wednesday, March 5, 2008 I introduced you to Jay Dugger -- long-time mind mapper. The purpose of this posting is two-fold. First, the full version jpg of Jay's map titled "Mapping" is now available above and in pdf format at my website under "Additional Maps". If you click on any column it will sort alphabetically by author or title of the map. Secondly, I promised to address the issue of line color. That will be today's Hint #20.

Keep in mind these are not rules that need to be followed, just helpful hint that can be applied depending on your purpose.
  1. The branches surrounding the central image are sometimes thicker to show that they are a main thought.
  2. Let's say you have one branch that is red along with all sub branches that attach to it in any way. The ideas are now connected in two ways -- both physically and visually.
  3. If each main branch (and associated sub branches) is a different it makes the branches stand out from each other.
These three hints all blend together for one purpose -- improved memory and interest. Take a look at any map that uses all black branches and words. They are rather boring, but again it's the purpose of the map that will drive these decisions.

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3 Comments:

Blogger Texarkana Lap Band Doc said...

I read your book with great interest and excitement. I have purchased MindManager and am wondering if you know if it can automatically create branches for subtopics with different colors.

9:10 AM

 
Blogger Jamie Nast said...

I'm not aware of that feature. Let me do some digging, and if I find a way to do this I'll let you know. I'll also start applying the feature myself if it is available.

10:39 AM

 
Blogger Jamie Nast said...

Well, I'm finally back with an answer. This response is actually from Denny Sikkila from Mindjet.

He said, "The only way I know how to do this is to first create the map with the colors, line thickness, etc…. Then save that map as a “map template”…..that will open that way the next time. Make sense?

2:44 PM

 

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