Mind Maps, Visual Thinking and Large Concepts Simplified

One of my hobbies is tracking visual learning sites. They may be found under visualization, visual thinking, visualizations, data visualization, mind mapping or mapping complex networks.

I have always admired being able to view 10-20 things at once such as with a bank of TVs. I acquire information much faster visually so the multiple screens allows me to do that. We have the Directv so we get 2 stations from Directv that show eight stations at one time. You can point and click on any of them to go to that stations. The news eight stations are at 352 NMX and the sports 8 stations is at 205 SMX. BBC has a new story with website that shows happenings in Great Britain from above using satellite photography. The website shows sixteen screens that you can choose to see the scope of the series. It shows how interconnected we all are and gives us a “bird’s eye view of the nation, its workings, cities, landscapes and peoples are revealed and re-discovered in new and extraordinary ways.”

A mind map is an easy way to portray a large idea. An idea I really like for India is was this mind map done by Paul titled “A Vision for India” which addresses an easy solution for India’s population housing need.

Some of my earlier posts about mind mapping:

How to Use Mind Mapping to Enrich Your Life

Finding What You Love to Do With Mind Maps

Some interesting visual presentations:

(1)  The Shape of Globalization shows the shape of the automobile industry worldwide.

(2) Ways of Seeing . All of our present companies seem to be racing to sell everything on our mobile phones. Mobiles give businesses what they have always wanted–immediate access to us, the customers. As stated by Jonathan Harris, “Everything you do online, and increasingly offline thanks to your mobile, leaves a stream of data in its wake just waiting to be interpreted.”

“Brands have already begun to experiment with the role of aggregator. Nikon Stunning Gallery aggregates content from Flickr – allowing users who are already
creating content to incorporate their work simply through the addition of a relevant tag. Meanwhile, Yahoo! Tagmaps (see below) aggregates geotagged
imagery and extracts the metadata to create weighted tag maps of the real world.”
“Visualisations unlock the patterns in the data, extract the signals from the noise, and let us see things in new ways.”

(3)  Flowing Data: Strength in Numbers explores how statisticians, designers, computer scientists, and others are using data to help us understand more about ourselves and our surroundings.

(4) Visual complexity is my favorite. It has a directory of visual projects arranged by subject. The subjects are art, biology, business networks, computer systems, food webs, internet, knowledge networks, multi-domain representation, music, others, pattern recognition, political networks, social networks,transportation networks, and World Wide Web.

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