Sketching Out Your Ideas

When inspiration strikes, nothing beats old-fashioned pencil and paper to quickly draw out your ideas. For those who prefer to brainstorm their designs on a computer, several free, open source, cross-platform tools have helped me assemble my ideas and document my work:

  • Freemind is great for organizing thoughts, objectives, and dependencies.[4] This mature mind-mapping application helps you make sense of a brain dump of ideas and see the links between them. This will save you time and money because you will be able to spot key ideas, eliminate redundancies, and prioritize what you want to accomplish.

  • Fritzing is a diagraming application specifically designed for documenting Arduino-centric wiring.[5] Unfortunately, ...

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