Structuring information with mind mapping
In the beginning of the design project, you are working hard to understand the problem to solve, the user needs and to organize all information that is a result of your efforts. Mind mapping is a great way to support creative thinking and help you evolve your ideas in several phases of the design process.
I prefer to create a mind map to find relationships between information and also to get a quick overview of the scoop. I also use it to explore and expand ideas, new ideas evolve while I create the mind map. It’s a great way to take notes during a task analysis and it’s also useful for my own thinking when I start to work on an idea. I make mind maps on a paper because I think it’s the quickest way. But there is a lot of tools to create digital mind maps if you prefer that.
The picture above is a very simple mindmap. It makes out a start in a project where we where supposed to look at Potter Heads and their needs/interests to be able to design an application where they have the possibility to carry out their interest for the stories about Harry potter.
If you like to use a digital tool, the once below all free alternativs that works fine to start with:
- WiseMapping -you can try it without sign in
- Coggle -most features free but also with a pricing plan from 5$/month
- Stormboard – collaboration for free up to five users, then a pricing plan from 5$/month
How to organize a mind map?
Begin with you target group (users) or the idea you have and make branches for related information, try to chunk subject together that belong to each other so you get a logic structure that is easy to understand next time you see it. Look at my picture about social media. It’s very simplified and much information/functions is missing, but I just want to visualise the idea for you.
Here is a video for inspiration or if you need help to get started: