Jan 9, 2010

SimpleDiagrams : A Brand New Software for Visual Thinking

I recently discovered a new Software dedicated to visual thinking. It’s downloadable for free here http://www.simplediagrams.com.  
This software is very light, working under Adobe Air and then indifferently on Mac, Windows or Linux.
As  using it , I was thinking about  Dan Roam’s excellent book “The Back of the Napkin” that explains how to use Visual Thinking with simple pictures for solving problems or clarifyning complex situations . And it is exactly what SimpleDiagrams does : it helps using simple shapes, in a hand-drawn style in order to explain processes, arguments, etc ....
With SimpleDiagrams you can also create a clean mindmap, with organic branches and useful icons. 
See below

Some Features :
  • Drag, drop and size symbols from libraries
  • Add photos and post-notes
  • Various background styles (chalkboard, whiteboard, etc.)
  • Save diagrams on your computer
  • Export your diagram to PNG


In my opinion, this software has several advantages:
  • Ability to create mind maps
  • Encourages creativity through the use of visual metaphors.
  • Encourages simplicity and clarity
  • Works on Mac, Windows and Linux
  • Easy to use
  • Free version fully usable
  • Clean, like hand drawn, visual rendering


Peter Jones said...

Hi Philippe, I will check the visualization, diagram links at:


and add you there if missing.

You and your users may also find Hodges' model of interest as a conceptual springboard for creativity, reflection and innovation:


Best regards

Philippe Boukobza said...

Hi Peter,

Thank for your comment. The links you added are very interesting and useful.

Let's stay in contact

Kind Regards