I’m constantly coming up with new ideas. Wheather I’m working on a logo design for my visual communication class—a site plan to include in my architecture portfolio—or a new blog post to feature on my website—I’m always unpacking my thoughts, and exercising my brain muscles to create new content.
Although I enjoy creating new ideas, I hate when I experience creative road blocks that prevent me from moving the design process forward. As a means to an end, I recently began organizing my thoughts and ideas using a mind map.
THE POWER OF THE MIND
Mind maps are a great tool to use when you have trouble giving birth to new ideas, or organizing random thoughts that pop up throughout the day. When you’re banging your head against your desk, and can’t produce any ideas, I strongly recommend using mind mapping as a strategy to launch a variety of creative projects.
Here are a few examples on how you can implement mind maps into your creative process:
- If you’re a graphic designer in the early stages of developing a logo design, start your mind map with a word that represents your intended logo design, then branch off creating a web of ideas.
- If you’re an industrial designer in the early stages of developing a new product design, start your mind map with one product feature, then branch off from that single product feature adding more depth and detail.
- If you’re an illustrator coloring an illustration, and don’t know how to layout the coloring of the composition, use a separate sheet of paper to start your mind map that experiments with color theory. Select a color palate, then branch off creating a web of colors that complement each other.
FLEXIBLE AND ADAPTIVE
Mind maps can be versatile, depending on the breadth and scope of the project. If you use this process, I recommend you adapting the mind mapping strategy in a way that fits your own creative process.
Play with colors and different visual representations.
While I know mind mapping really isn’t anything ground breaking or revolutionary, I thought discussing the process here would be a great opportunity to share some insight on how I approach my creative process when I have trouble organizing my thoughts and ideas.
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