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The Pocket Universal Methods of Design by Bella Martin, Bruce Hanington

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056 Mind Mapping

A visual thinking tool to organize and understand the complexities of a problem space

• It can help generate ideas and develop concepts using the following steps:

1. Identify a themed focus question to draw in the center.

2. Label extensions with simple verb-noun pairs or noun clusters.

3. Connect primary and secondary connections with lines to create meaning.

4. Continue free associations until all relevant information is represented.

5. Before declaring the map complete, reflect for a while.

• The map provides a nonlinear means of externalizing the information in our heads so that we can interpret, consolidate, communicate, store, and retrieve it.

• The map allows us to summarize and test assumptions, make and break connections, ...

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