Here is a mind map highlighting how you can turn words into images to create a visual representation of the word, when mindmapping. A simple, yet effective idea illustrating part or all of a word. You can draw “parts” of words, by noticing words within words, or connecting, by imagination, an alternative image from a similar meaning.
Worldwide – flattening the globe comes to mind
Combat – has a comb and a bat or both
Websites – perhaps use eyes looking at a spiders web
Business – has a bus
Legacy – the leg sticks out here!
Organisation – an alternative way to represent this word might include an image of an organ
Seesaw – eyes looking at a saw
Added – taking imagination further you could draw an adder (snake)
Investigate – contains a vest
Flagship – has a flag and a ship
Capture – you might extract the cap and illustrate part of this word
Slim-line – breaking into two words you can represent slim and line
Fundraising – you could illustrate an arm holding a piggybank up in the air
Brain – seeing rain in brain might conjure up an image of a brain, raining thoughts
These words were extracted at random from my files of pencilled mind maps – I chose words that I felt I could demonstrate this idea well with.
This technique is useful particularly when you add a word to a mind map and cannot think how to illustrate it – by breaking down the word and/or considering an alternative meaning you can conjure up new methods of visual representation for the word.
Visual representation allows for humorous associations and gets you thinking in ways that a cartoonist might think, instead of confining yourself strictly to drawing the normal expected version of a word.
Why I feel Visual Thinking Works
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