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Focus groups
Stakeholders interview
Breakdown Analysis
Conversion rate
Between-subjects design studies
Card sorting
Corridor testing
End users
Heat map
User engagement
User behavior
User behavior analytics (UBA)
MVP (Minimum valuable product)
Persona
Target audience
Use case
User flow
User story map
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Data-driven design
Design concept
Explicit destruction
Hypothesis-driven design
Participatory design
Service-oriented design
User-centered design (UCD)
Interactive prototype
Look & Feel
Low-fidelity prototype
Mockup
Sitemap
Sketching
Wiferame
Accessibility
Clickstream
First click testing
Iterative testing
Task analysis
Usability testing
3-Click Rule
Consistency
F-Shaped Pattern
Readability
Call to Action (CTA)
Aspect ratios
Breakpoint
Golden ratio
Gutter
Column
Grid
Keylines
Layout
Margin 
Padding
Vertical rhythm
Whitespace
8dp Grid
Fixed grid
Fluid grid
UI regions
Checkbox
Chips
Container
Filled icon
Floating action button (FBA)
Date picker
Label text
Page controls
Progress indicator
Radio button
Scroll bar
Search box
Slider
Toggle
Text button
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Kerning
Body
Line spacing
Subtitles
60-30-10 Rule
Alternative colors
Background color
Color Wheel
Error color
Primary color
Secondary color
Alert
Backdrop
Breadcrumbs
Banner
Bottom navigation bar
Contextual action bar (CAB)
Dialog window
Hierarchy
Input text field
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Mind Map

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You are looking for a way to structure numerous ideas tailored to one concept? Then, pay attention to mind maps. If to give a short definition of it, the mind map is a tool of ideas’ visualization.

The mind map was created in the 70s by Tony Buzan, and today, it is used for illustrating related thoughts and ideas, tasks, or blocks of information with associative connections. 

Mind map is built around a central concept, linked to various statements, ideas or notes. Each of the thoughts can also contain some statements, complementing the central idea. Sometimes, a secondary thought can be so powerful that generating a huge number of sub-ideas, becomes a self-sustained scenario, yet remaining in relation to the main subject. That is why the structure of the mind map resembles a tree, or comparable to the brain’s natural workflow.

Food Texture Mind Map
Food Texture Mind Map by Katya Lyn

Mind mapping is a nice alternative to a traditional set of notes, because it lets get into a complex concept at a glance, reveal a logical connection between all the parts, and demonstrate a bigger picture at the same time.

It is also a great way to develop imagination and a nonstandard approach to solving a problem. Mind mapping provides no limits or borders in element linking while stimulating visual thinking. Putting unexpected elements near each other can form a brand-new concept or a conclusion.


Creating a mind map

To draw a mind map it is enough to have paper, a pen and some color pencils. Set your sheet horizontally. You shall start from the major idea, putting it in the center of the sheet. After that, place linked statements around it. Uncover each of the statements with supporting information, keeping the approach of the main and submissive senses. Finally, you will get the whole image of the described phenomenon on one page. 

It is crucial not to moderate your brain work while mind mapping. Merely, fix all ideas coming to your mind briefly, as the scheme allows, and move forward when you feel the willingness for it. When you finish with your first round of associations, start asking additional questions to sub-ideas, and develop your mind map.

Giving keywords to connections is also a tip in building a fuller mind map. This going to help you keep all association net solid and visible for you and the entire team.

While creating mind maps, use images of any type to fulfill information blocks. Pictures add attractiveness and clearness to the scheme, making it more readable. They can also give you a clue to new ideas.

Do not avoid color accents — they also facilitate reading the mind map. It is a good idea to distinguish main connections and submissive relations by contrasting tints, while emphasizing the central idea by the brightest color. 

Though it might look a little messy at first, the mind map provides a bright view of ideas and concepts connection. Once you use it, you will discover how convenient the mind map is in displaying a structured variety of thoughts, which is easy to turn into a working plan.

How can mind mapping help improve my day-to-day work?

It is a handy instrument, capable to improve various working processes. 

Try mind maps in:

  • Taking notes
    making the process smarter, briefer and clearer in comparison with traditional monolith blocks of text 
  • Brainstorming
    the best way to arrange insights and conclusions in a short time, keeping the conceptual connections in between 
  • Complex research
    gathering and arranging the results of exploring data from diverse resources at one place
  • Planning and project management
    creating a detailed route map, based around a central aim or activity
  • Data presentation
    displaying sophisticated projects of many logical parts and sub-ideas in an understandable way
  • Pumping creativity
    provoking getting out of the box, accelerating synthesis, and forming new logical connections between different phenomena.

How FlowMapp tools help in mind mapping 

Drawing a mind map by a hand is not the only way, of course. There is a huge range of mapping software available on the Internet. Find yourself an appropriate solution for the first stage of brainstorming and creating new ideas.

For detailed work on entities of your mind map, like personas, website structure, or a user flow, try FlowMapp. You can collaborate with your team, use mentions and comments, work with any type of content, use a built-in icon library, and do many other things in one free project.

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FlowMapp mindmapping tools

After you finish working on these blocks, just put their links to the mind map, and you will get a great view of the whole project — from the conceptual scheme to the detailed plan.

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