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Nov 27, 2014

Video: Using Mindmaps in Legal Education

Jeffrey Ritter, Georgetown Law, Mapping the Law: Building and Using Visual Mindmaps in Legal Education from Michele Pistone on Vimeo.

This video is part of a video collection from the Igniting Law Teaching, hosted by LegalED at American University Washington College of Law. Responding to the calls for legal education reform, the conference -- the first of its kind -- created a forum for professors experimenting with cutting edge technologies and techniques in law teaching with the goal of spreading their ideas to the broader community.
The talks were modeled on TEDx Talks, with each speaker on stage alone, giving a well scripted and performed talk about an aspect of law school pedagogy. 

Aug 15, 2014

Video: Visualizing the scale of the brain

The human brain is an impressive organ. It is one of the most complex structures in the known universe.  

Visualizing the Scale of the Human Brain was an infographic competition organized this year by the MIT to explain the scale and the complexity of the brain.

Check out this awesome infographic video from Nicolás Borie Williams who created it for this competition.

Aug 6, 2014

Dadaviz: a new website for quality data visualizations

We are at a point where data and information are more and more widely available, and the visual language of data and informations is becoming more popular.

The Web itself is increasingly based on visual communication. In this a visual thinking era the terms "data visualizations" and "infographics" remain often used interchangeably.

What is the difference?

Infographics use a lot of illustrations and design, they are often hand crafted and used to tell a story or answer a question.

Data visualizations are used to let the user find his own answer and are often created automatically. They help to quickly interpret complex information, with different kind of data.


What is

Dadaviz is a new website. Its purpose of is to provide quality data visualizations on a daily basis. Dadaviz creates a curated stream for quality data visualizations, helping us to develop our critical thinking skills as well as our visual literacy skills.

I love the idea, it's like an independent Music Label that produces and distributes its own exclusive quality music. In addition, Dadaviz is very intuitive, its user interface has a minimalistic design, seeking clarity and simplicity.

Dadaviz is updated every day and we can choose to a daily or weekly subscription in order to discover brand new data visualizations.

May 27, 2014

The Visual Language of Comics

Today, browsing the web in search of fresh information about Visual Language, I came across very interesting contents written by Neil Cohn, Ph.D in Psychology from Tufts University and blogger at The Visual Linguist

Neil Cohn argues, that "the structure, cognition, and development of comic's visual language is similar to that of spoken and signed languages. Structured sequential images can literally becomes a Visual Language".

This research remembered me a fantastic TED talk I highly recommend you: The Visual Magic of Comics by Scott McCloud,often referred to as the “Aristotle of comics”. Here is the video: 

Apr 21, 2014

Tony Buzan launches new free E-Learning Program about Mind Mapping

A very interesting resource is now available online for learning how to mindmap or improving your mind mapping skills.

It's free and no sign-up is necessary.

Published by ThinkBuzan, this E-Learning Program is very clear and intuitive. 

With various examples, short videos and concise explanations, this program is essentially an introduction to the science behind Mind Mapping, its fundamental principles and a Guide to creating Mind Maps. 

Some free additional and useful contents are also available within the website:

  • A Mindmap Gallery with more than 40 high quality mindmaps
  • A downloadable 85 page document about the scientific facts behind the technique 

 It's always a good news to discover that new, free and valuable contents about Mind Mapping are available. Especially as these contents come from Mr Buzan himself. 

You can also find out interesting videos on ThinkBuzan Youtube channel here.

Mar 23, 2014

Pictofigo: more than 7.000 freehand drawings for your mind maps

As Mind Mapping expert and blogger Chuck Frey wrote: Images add visual interest to your mind maps.  

Pictofigo is a webpage that provides more than 7.000 freehand drawings organized alphabetically and by tags. 

The amount of available images is growing fast and it would not be surprising to count more than 10.000 images on Pictofigo soon. 

This freehand drawings can add visual interest not only to your mind maps but also to your presentations, storyboards, blog posts.... 

The founders of Pictofigo, an India-based startup,  want to provide creative, clear and neutral drawings that can be used in various countries and contexts. 

Most of the drawings are in black and white but a growing number of new images have more colors like orange, red, green and blue (see example below). 

The benefits of using Pictofigo are multiple:

  • consistency of the visual style, very useful if you use various Pictofigo drawings within a map, document or  presentation.
  • clarity and simplicity  will help to make your maps or document easier to understand and to create better interest
  • A freehand Drawing Search Engine: you can find easily a drawing thanks to the search box, the alphabetical list or the tags.
  • Drawings about very specific topics such as Agile or Six Sigma

I highly recommend you to visit Pictofigo, you'll have an opportunity to discover amazing sets of elegant drawings that can really help you for improving your mind maps, presentations, texts and so on.