Mind Maps allow you to creatively organize ideas, words, and tasks in such a way that they’re all interconnected producing a useful structure that visually helps decipher problems, with decision making, designing, and writing.

For designers mind-mapping may not seem like a feasible tool to have in their arsenal, however, if you take into consideration the amount of inspiration, ideas, and creative thoughts we take in, mind-mapping could be a very useful way to channel all of the creativity and solve design problems, figure out development issues and much more.

Here’s what mind-mapping can do for you as a designer:

  • 1. Expand Existing Ideas
  • 2. Helps You Plan Strategically
  • 3. Increase Motivation
  • 4. Clarify and Clear Your Thoughts
  • 5. Explore and Address Past Mistakes
  • 6. Develop Better Thinking Skills
  • 7. Fire Up Your Imagination

And more…

Useful Mind Mapping Tools

MindMeister

MindMeister brings the concept of mind mapping to the web, using its facilities for real-time collaboration to allow truly global brainstorming sessions. Users can create, manage and share mind maps online and access them anytime, from anywhere. In brainstorming mode, fellow MindMeisters from around the world (or just in different rooms) can simultaneously work on the same mind map and see each other’s changes as they happen.

WiseMapping

Wise Mapping is the web mind mapping tool that leverages the power of Mind Maps mixing new technologies like vectorial languages (SVG and VML) and the power of the whole Web 2.0 concept. No pluggin required.

CmapTools

The IHMC CmapTools program empowers users to construct, navigate, share and criticize knowledge models represented as concept maps. It allows users to, among many other features, construct their Cmaps in their personal computer, share them on servers (CmapServers) anywhere on the Internet, link their Cmaps to other Cmaps on servers, automatically create web pages of their concept maps on servers, edit their maps synchronously (at the same time) with other users on the Internet, and search the web for information relevant to a concept map.

Mindomo

Mindomo is a Web-based mind mapping tool and service freely accessible to everyone at no cost. Unlike most of the other mind mapping tools available today, Mindomo runs in a Web browser and all the information is stored in a central database on a server.

ConceptDraw MINDMAP

ConceptDraw MINDMAP is a powerful business and personal productivity software application that provides visual organization and access to information for individuals and organizations.

iMindMap

Master new levels of efficiency with iMindMap Ultimate’s comprehensive Project Management System. Create Mind Maps to scope projects, then add tasks, dates, predecessors, milestones and durations. Incorporating Gantt charts, Task Tables and Mind Maps, this tool can be fully integrated with Outlook to give you Ultimate control over your day to day activities or long term projects. Manage and overcome information overload with ease.

Mapul

MAPMYself is a unique web based software that allows you to create completely organic looking mind maps. The creators claim this mind map app will help improve your memory, increase your productivity and save your time.

Mindjet

MindManager is the ultimate tool for increasing productivity – for you or your entire team. Use it to visually connect ideas and information to help you save time, solve real business problems, improve business processes, and drive innovation. By visually organizing all your information, you’ll have the big picture clearly before you, while still tracking the smallest details.

MyThoughts for Mac

MyThoughts for Mac allows you to make the most of your thinking processes, without applying the restrictions of rigid templates and inflexible layouts. It also introduces a new level of freedom in the use of Mind Mapping Software allowing you to create Unique, Flowing, Brain Friendly Mind Maps.The use of Drag and Drop makes for an easy and fast mind mapping experience.

Mind42

Mind42 allows you to keep track of all your ideas, whether alone, with colleagues and friends or working together with the whole world. Essentially, Mind42 is a browser based online mind mapping application. With Mind42.com installing mindmapping tools is no longer needed – for a hassle-free mindmapping experience. Just open the browser and launch the application when needed.

DropMind

Seavus DropMind™ is innovative and creative mind mapping software that helps you to trigger your distinctive memories and encourage new thoughts and ideas.

Xmind Pro

XMind 3 is both a product and an open source project released on November 10, 2008. XMind 3’s mission statement is to create, as a community, the leading international mind mapping and brainstorming software that will run on all major platforms and raise users’ work efficiency. The XMind 3 open source project is sponsored by XMind LTD, which is the primary contributor of code to the project. Developers are welcome to work with the XMind project code to improve the overall product, develop new functions, or augment other software products.