We are pleased to announce that the winner of our Summer Holiday Mind Mapping Competition is Rodrigo Ruben Valenzuela Domingez, who created a Mind Map called ‘To be Happy’.
The ThinkBuzan team would like to offer a big ‘Congratulations!’ to Rodrigo, who will be the proud owner of a brand spanking new iPod Touch which is fully equipped with the iMindMap Mobile Pro app so that he can continue his Mind Mapping adventures and storytelling!
To get a closer look of Rodrigo’s map and download it yourself, head on over to Biggerplate.
We would also like to thank everyone else that entered the competition and sent us some truly wonderful Mind Maps. The walls of the ThinkBuzan office have been much brighter since we began the competition and we hope you all continue to Mind Map and explore your creative sides! Other entries can be seen on the ThinkBuzan Flickr gallery.
Rodrigo’s central idea proved a real hit with the office! His Mind Map unravelled a set of fun guidelines on ‘how to be happy’, advising us on the ‘dos’ and ‘don’ts’ of a long and happy life. With tips such as ‘live smiling’, ‘respect all people’ and ‘make others happy’, this map really did make us smile.
Rodrigo’s Mind Map demonstrates how endless possibilities can be created from just one Central Idea, proving how Mind Mapping is a great brainstorming tool to generate creative ideas.
The use of imagery and strong colours really animated the Mind Map, giving the map a fun and lively feel whilst keeping the focus on the Central Idea.
The brain works by association, making us more likely to remember the content of the branch if there is a relevant image attached. “Using images improves your visual perception”, says Tony Buzan, also making the content of the Mind Map more memorable. The use of colour also stimulates memory and creativity, adding life to the Mind Map and making it more attractive.
Rodrigo makes great use of the ‘one-word per branch rule’, whilst also matching the length of the branch to the length of the word for aesthetic appeal. Using single words on your Mind Map enables you to expand on your Central Idea more than you would be able to if your branch was cluttered with words. This is because a single word offers more possibilities to explore.
In real-life situations, Mind Maps with one-word per branch are especially helpful for problem-solving and creative thinking because your mind is open to endless options. Okay, so Rodrigo hasn’t applied the rule to every branch, but he’s still a beginner!
Mind Mapping is a fun way to brainstorm in style! The iMindMap software can help to enhance your creativity skills and generate killer ideas whilst creating beautiful Mind Maps time and time again.← iMindMap 5 Goes Multilingual Mind Mapping Works – It’s a Fact! →