Mindmaps and rearranging

I am still intrigued by the respective advantages of paper mindmaps (creative but hierarchical and fixed) and other thinking tools (flexible but dry). Recently I found a mindmap that overcomes the hierarchical restriction in a very inventive manner: Doug Belshaw’s thesis proposal mindmap, and with his kind permission, I am contrasting the two approaches in a flash animation that gradually transforms the mindmap by rearranging.

He used imaginative marker symbols such as stars, moons, suns, and triangles for the long distance cross-links that associate topics of different branches of the mindmap tree. My experiment tries to show how the spatial proximity of such topics helps to see groupings and logical clusters.

Versions for modem (.pps) and higher bandwidth (8 MB) are also available.

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