# Empathise

# Mindmapping

Motive Understanding the mental map of the user
Participants Design Thinking team
Duration 10-60 minutes

# What is it about?

Mindmaps are representations that help to visually map and analyze connections and correlations between a number of ideas. Understanding connections is a prerequisite for the development of designs.

# The goal

Mindmaps can be used to explore the relationships between ideas. They also help to identify and organize ideas and approaches. They also serve as a summary and visualization of information.

# How to do it?

  1. Start with the central term or thought. Write it in the middle of a sheet of paper and frame it.
  2. Write down the first words that come to mind. Add pictures or symbols if necessary.
  3. Identify significant keywords, images and symbols. These are the main nodes.
  4. The other terms and elements are the other nodes. Connect them when there is a connection or relationship between them.
  5. When necessary, vary the connections by thicker or dashed lines and/or colours.

# When do you need it?

Mindmaps are the first step for the development of designs and solutions. They can be useful at any stage of the project. They are recommended when a context or user needs need to be explored or plans for further action need to be made.

# Resources

  • Paper or whiteboard
  • Pen

# Keep in mind

Visualize the words in the mind map clearly and structure the content meaningfully. Use colors and images for visual impressions.

# See also

Previous methods Alternative methods Following methods

# Sources

Curedale: Design Thinking: process and methods manual Design Community College Inc. ISBN: 9780988236240.