S Tuxford Designs

Graphic Design Ninja

Task 3

How to get great ideas..

A mind map is a diagram used to represent words, ideas, tasks, or other items linked to and arranged around a central key word or idea. Especially in British English, the terms “spidergram” and “spidergraph” are more common, but they can cause confusion with the term “spider diagram” used in mathematics and logic. Mind maps are used to generate, visualize, structure, and classify ideas, and as an aid to studying and organising information, solving problems, making decisions, and writing.

1. Start in the center with an image of the topic, using at least 3 colors.
2. Use images, symbols, codes, and dimensions throughout your mind map.
3. Select key words and print using upper or lower case letters.
4. Each word/image is best alone and sitting on its own line.
5. The lines should be connected, starting from the central image. The central lines are thicker,
organic and thinner as they radiate out from the centre.
6. Make the lines the same length as the word/image they support.
7. Use multiple colors throughout the mind map, for visual stimulation and also to encode or group.
8. Develop your own personal style of mind mapping.
9. Use emphasis and show associations in your mind map.
10. Keep the mind map clear by using radial hierarchy, numerical order or outlines to embrace your branches.


Before the assignment go to wordle.net for some fun


Using the appropriate software, design your own mind map.
The central basis of the mind map is creative thinking.  

Assignment page to be A4 size.  When your design is finished save it as a pdf and then email the final product.

Helpful sites

Mind maps