Mind Map Maker

  • Simple drag and drop interface and automatic drawing to create mind maps faster
  • 1000s of custom-built mind map templates and professional color themes to start quickly
  • Video conferencing & live mouse tracking to collaborate in real-time with your team

Mind Map Templates

Biography Worksheet
Project Charter Example
Week Planner Template
Mind Map for Social Work Assessment
Literature Review Map Template
Stakeholder Map - Stakeholder Analysis
Speech planning template
SCAMPER method
Mind Map for Website Design
Decision Making Mind Map
Product Feature Mind Map

What Is a Mind Map?

A mind map is a hierarchical radial diagram invented by Tony Buzan. It’s used as a tool or a visual technique to structure and organize thoughts and ideas. In addition to the use of keywords, mind maps also use several other graphical elements such as symbols, color-coding, images, and the spatial arrangement of branches to visualize ideas and concepts.

Mind maps make it easier to process and memorize information, generate new ideas, and portray an incisive overview of any topic. They are widely used for multiple purposes across industries, including for brainstorming, decision-making, problem-solving, note-taking, planning, gathering and organizing data.

How to Make a Mind Map?

  1. Choose a platform to create your mind map. While you can do this by hand using a pencil and paper, you can also use an online mind map maker like Creately where you can access intuitive mind mapping tools and pre-made mind map templates.
  2. Identify the starting point of your mind map. This should be the topic or the subject your mind map will be created around, and it should be placed on the center. You can either use a symbol, image, or a keyword to represent this central idea.
  3. As you brainstorm around the identified topic and come up with associate ideas, add them as branches around the center. There is no limit as to how many branches you can add, and as you dig into each of these themes you can add child branches and explore them in greater depth.
  4. As a best practice, try to keep the ideas you add as brief as possible. This lets you generate more associations, compared to longer and specific phrases.
  5. Color code each of the branches on the mind map to visually categorize, highlight, and analyze the information. You can use Creately’s preset color themes to quickly color code your mind map.
  6. Add visual signifiers such as images, icons, and symbols to explain your ideas in more detail. In Creately, you can find images with built-in Google image search or add them straight from your device to create more data-rich mind maps.
  7. If you are collaborating with others, you can quickly share the Creately workspace link with them or add them as collaborators to start brainstorming together. With live mouse tracking and synced previews you can keep track of the ideas they add to the mind map and provide your feedback with contextual comments or in-app video chat.

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