A mindmap is a diagram used to convey relationships between things, often concepts.
To construct a mindmap:
- First, brainstorm for a few minutes, writing down terms, phrases, and people that are most important.
- Choose a model that you best believe captures the relationships, such as a web, events chain, spider map, or tree. Don't worry too much about choosing or staying within that model.
- Sketch out a diagram with the central idea first, then add words, phrases, and people connected by lines and arrows.
Example: Media Industry
Here's an example of the media industry. It is a (mostly) a hierarchical tree with some links showing more complex relationships.
Source: Dan G
This mindmap (freemind; flash; HTML) is used to portray theories of meaning, from Grossberg et al. (2006) Media Making: Mass Media in a Popular Culture. Note that it is structured as a tree or outline.
Source: Barkley (2010). SET 16: Team Concept Maps