Category Archives: Visualization

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Cmaps and the “Split Attention Effect”

The “Split Attention Effect” from Cognitive Load Theory demands that an annotation needs to be close to the item it refers to. I wonder if this is still true if the annotation can be reached by a saccadic eye movement.
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Zooming is overrated

Many people are enthusiastic about the ‘Big Picture’ attitude. Some even quote Dyson’s distinction between birds (who “fly high”) and frogs (who “live in the mud”).

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Unflattening

The gem of Sousanis’ book “Unflattening” was that it does a great job explaining why the right hemisphere mode (“all-at-once”) lives from relations: Basically, it argues that the eye is “dancing and darting”, i.e. by its saccadic motion (palpation by means of the gaze) it captures only small fragments at a time, and it is our imagination that needs to combine them into vision.
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New: Read Mode for my Tool

I often wanted to share the great experience of using my favorite tool and to show off its condensed overview. Now, a read mode format is available that can be viewed without my tool.
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Paper and User Interface

Why do great visual thinkers still use paper and pen, and forgo the powers of an electronic canvas? Watching Dave Gray in a conversation about interaction design clarified it to me.
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Space and elegance

An interesting post by Keith Lyons about Mathematical elegance inspired my to collate some sources that have intrigued me for quite a while: “Aesthetics as Pre-linguistic Knowledge”, intuition vs. visualization/ illustration/ exemplification, and space in soccer.
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Why not cMap or PersonalBrain?

My tool is like a cMap tool, plus a notes facility like that of PersonalBrain (plus, of course, many left deficiencies!)
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Connectivist Think Tool

Here is the link to my favorite think tool. Later more.

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Linear

Jenny’s discussion with Howard about the internal resistance against mind mapping, caused me to question my own reasons: why am I convinced that mapping is worth the effort, and why does “linear thinking” sound so deterrent to me? It has to do with constraints.
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Replacement for think tool needed

Desperately seeking a new mapping tool, because my Powerpoint 2003 won’t work in Windows 8. Read what problems I have with many mind-maps, C-maps, topic-maps and I-maps.
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