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Jul 14, 2015

When Diagramming meets Pop Songs

One the most important skills in Visual Thinkins is the ability to understand and to reveal the underlying structure of the content. In the fantastic video above, created using Lucidchart, a powerful diagramming application with collaborative features, we can witness how it is possible to turn a song into a beautiful lyrical flowchart. 


The company behind Lucidchart is currently launching a competition: the Songtacular Flowdown

Basically, it’s a competition between lyrical flowcharts of popular songs from the 80’s, 90’s, 2000’s, and 2010’s. Each week, four new videos of lyrical flowcharts will face-off head-to head.

You can vote on eight popular songs and also win a $500 Amazon gift card if you predict the final winner. The Flowdown will run for 5 weeks, up until August 14th.

With this competition, Lucidchart is brilliantly connecting Music, Gamification and Visual Thinking, making diagrams fun and interesting!

Apr 6, 2015

New Book: Introduction to the Applications of Mind Mapping in Medicine

I recently finished to read this book, written by José M. Guerrero and Pilar Ramos. Pilar is Graduate in Nursing at Hospital Clinic de Barcelona. José is CEO of Infoseg, a Software development Consulting Business specialized in Mind Mapping Automation. 

One of the key points of this book is his really serious research on the scientific bases of Mind Mapping. Various Studies and Papers are mentionned and explained. In the same time, various Myths about the Brain are criticized. 

Reading this book, I was able to understand more clearly the contribution of mind mapping automation in Medicine. Among the different applications in Medicine, we can discover various examples: Personal Health Record, Patient Visits, Clinical Trials… From another hand, I was amazed by the exploration of the Future of Mind Mapping Software: Voice Recognition, Big Data Visualization and even Brain-computer Interface! 

One of the most interesting chapters of the book is the one about the History of Mind Mapping from Porphyry of Tyr to Tony Buzan. It shows the contribution of Middle Age's Trees of Knowledge and Codex but also the contribution of Concept Mapping. 
I summarized the key points of this book in the mindmap below. 

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In conclusion, this book is interesting and useful. It helps us to understand the scientific bases of Mind Mapping, the History of this technique and some profesional Applications in Medicine such as Personal Health Record, Patient Visits, etc...

Link to Introduction to the Applications of Mind Mapping in Medicine on Amazon.

Mar 5, 2015

A quick exercise for stretching your visual thinking muscles

I came across this very useful exercise shared by Visual Thinking Expert Dave Gray, one the most important Visual Thinker and Writer. Check out this short video presentation and read the explanation below.

"Squiggle birds is a quick exercise that you can use to get people stretching their visual thinking muscles. It takes about five minutes and quickly, clearly demonstrates how little effort is really required to make meaningful, easy-to-read images. The main point of the demonstration is that our minds are already pattern-making machines, and very little drawing is actually required to convey an idea. The mind will fill in the rest."

Mar 3, 2015

Oliver Sacks: what Visual Hallucination reveals about our minds

This an highly interesting talk by famous neurologist Oliver Sacks. He is an excellent storyteller, using empathy, anecdotes and humor.

Oliver helps us to understand what visual disorders reveal about how the brain works. 

He wrote a book called The Mind's Eye. The book contains case studies of people whose ability to navigate the world visually and communicate with others have been compromised, including the author's own experience. You also can listen to Oliver Sack's Interview about Mind's Eye on NPR's Podcast 

Jan 17, 2015

When Mind Mapping meets Subway Maps and Infographics

The hybridization of Mind Mapping with other visual thinking techniques can give very inspiring results like the map below.

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During may 2014 more than 5,000 young people from all over Europe took part to the   European Youth Event (EYE) in Strasbourg. 

Participants generated many ideas for a better Europe. These have been collated in a final report and summarized in this beautiful map.

Source:   European Parlament

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.