Visual Thinking Tools and Tips

In this collection, you will find everything you need to create a mind map, a interactive timeline, a concept map, an infographic, a word cloud, an interactive map, an interactive poster, a chart, diagram and much more.

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MindNode

Delightful Mind Mapping for your Mac, iPad and iPhone. MindNode helps you visualize your ideas. Start with a central thought and then brainstorm, organize and share your mind maps.

Chartblocks

Build charts online with the easy to use ChartBlock chart designer interface. Upload your data then set to work designing your chart.

Highcharts

Highcharts - Interactive JavaScript charts for your web pages.

Rawgraphs

Raw is an open web app to create custom vector-based visualizations on top of the amazing D3.js library through a simple interface.

Raw is an open and customizable project (LGPL license), and you can freely download it and modify it. If you want to contribute to its evolution, fork the project on GitHub! Even though Raw is a web app, the data you upload will be processed only by the web browser. No server-side operations or storages are performed, no one will see, touch or copy your data! Primarily conceived as a tool for designers and vis geeks, Raw allows to export visualizations in vector (SVG) or raster (PNG) format and embed them in your web page.

ThingLink

Thinglink is a tool for image interaction that allow content sharing via online images. The purpose of ThingLink, is to allow photos and other images to be made into web links. Use it to design interactive posters and visual content.

MindMeister

Create, share and collaboratively work on mind maps with MindMeister, the leading online mind mapping software.

Mindomo

Use mind maps to develop critical thinking skills by explore information and decide what's important and how it connects with what you already know. Create beautiful mind map online and share them with others or work collaboratively and mind map your next project.

Infogr.am

Create, publish and share data visualizations, infographics and online charts.

XMind

XMind is the most professional and popular mind mapping tool. Millions of people use XMind to clarify thinking, manage complex information, run brainstorming and get work organized.

Silk

With Silk, you can publish your data online, beautifully. Upload, visualize, publish and share your data in minutes.

Autodesk SketchBook

Autodesk SketchBook is the drawing app made for those who include sketching as part of their daily routine, from creative professionals to aspiring artists. With SketchBook, drawing and painting on your iPad or iPhone feels like a natural creative experience. SketchBook's powerful brush engine has over 170 customizable brushes, which perform exactly as you expect. Ink feels fluid and smooth, synthetic brushes blend colors in a natural way, and texture brushes mimic natural media.

TimeRime

Search, compare and make free time lines on TimeRime.com. The time lines can be filled with audio and video fragments such as MP3 and YouTube.

Paper 53

When inspiration happens, put it on Paper. Use this app for visual notes, photos, and sketches. Draw on photos or quickly spotlight details. Sketch diagrams with unbeatable speed and ease.

Tinderbox

Whether you’re plotting your next thriller or writing your dissertation, designing a course, managing a legal practice, coordinating a campaign or planning a season of orchestral concerts, Tinderbox 7 will be your personal information assistant.

Ludic Chart Timeline Maker

Our free online timeline maker allows you to easily create and customize a timeline with our drag and drop interface.

iThoughts

iThoughts is a mind mapping app for iOS, Mac and Windows

Mattermap

A mattermap is a visual representation of a news story, debate or event. Our software assists users in collecting and organizing information, quotes and sources around a central question. The result is a clear infographic: a mattermap. Mattermaps allow for various points of view on a topic to be displayed, and give insight into where the creator got his information. The reader is provided with a single glance overview of the ongoing debate.

Boords

Boords is online storyboarding software that lets you create and share storyboards quickly and easily.

Inkflow

Rather than just read about Inkflow, go ahead and try it out: We've decided to make the Basic Edition of Inkflow completely FREE. The Basic Edition comes with the Fountain Pen in black ink and all the features above. Books max out at 20 pages each, but you can create as many as you like. Inkflow is perfect for:

  • Brainstorming
  • Planning and scheduling
  • Graphic design and layout
  • Sketching and doodling
  • Notes, Sketch notes, Mindmaps, etc.
  • And pretty much anything else you would use pen and paper for.
Comic Master

Comic Master allows you to create your own short graphic novel. Create your own graphic novel with this interactive comics tool that uses prompt questions to help you.

Explee

Explee allows you to make eyecatching and interactive animated video. Go for video scribing and whiteboard animation to blow your audience away.

StoryMap

StoryMapJS is a free tool to help you tell stories on the web that highlight the locations of a series of events. It is a new tool, yet stable in our development environment, and it has a friendly authoring tool.

There are a couple ways you can make a StoryMap.
Add a slide for each place in your story. Setting the location is as easy as a text search for the name, address, or latitude and longitude. You can change the visual style of your map with a few presets, or you can use Mapbox to create your own style. You can tell stories with large photographs, works of art, historic maps, and other image files. Because it works best with pixel-dense files, we call these gigapixel. Setting one up requires you to host files on a web server.

Comic Life

The app is designed to create graphic novels and comic pages using digital photos. Users can drag and drop photos from their libraries, finders, directly from web pages or other programs. Comic Life has an integrated camera feature that allows the user to snap a picture and add it directly to a comic. These images as well as those from iPhoto and anywhere on the hard drive can be 'filtered' to look comic like.

Toondoo

Toondoo lets you create comic strips and cartoons easily with just a few clicks, drags and drops.

Popplet

Popplet is the simplest tool to capture and organize your ideas. With Popplet you can quick jot down your ideas and sort them visually.

easel.ly

Easel.ly is a simple web tool that empowers anyone to create and share powerful visuals (infographics, posters)... no design experience needed! We provide the canvas, you provide the creativity.

Adobe Photoshop Sketch

Draw with the power of the Photoshop painting engine and a variety of built-in brushes, pencils, pens and markers. Create realistic watercolor paintings and import all your favorite Photoshop brushes for even more creative possibilities. Easily send your artwork to Adobe Photoshop CC or Adobe Illustrator CC as layered PSD files.

Ideament

Ideament lets you easily draw a diagram - mind map, concept map, or flow chart - and convert it to a text outline, and vice versa. You can use Ideament for anything, such as brainstorming new ideas, illustrating concepts, making lists and outlines, planning presentations, creating organizational charts, and more.

Data Visualisation Catalogue

The Data Visualisation Catalogue is a project developed by Severino Ribecca to create a library of different information visualisation types. Originally, this project was a way for me to develop my own knowledge of data visualisation and create a reference tool for me to use in the future for my own work. However, I felt it would also be beneficial to both designers and also anyone in a field that requires the use of data visualisation. Although there have been a few attempts in the past to catalogue some of the established data visualisation methods, there is no website that is really comprehensive, detailed or helps you decide the right method for your needs.

Mind42

Get an overview about the different kind of mind map created on Mind42. Mind42 is a free online mind mapping software that allows you to collaborate on and publish your mind maps with others.

Venngage

Venngage is an easy to use Infographic Maker. Visualize your data and information with free templates, charts and text. Enhance your infographic by adding icons and images from our library. Customize your infographic design by changing the fonts and colours with our infographic maker. Apply your own style to make your infographic unique.

Timetoast

Timetoast's free timeline maker lets you create timelines online. Make educational timelines or create a timeline for your company website. How to make a timeline? Well, it's easy as toast!

Gliffy

Gliffy is a powerful online diagram creation tool with flow chart marker, network diagrams, uml diagrams, org charts, mind maps, wireframes. Start a free trial today!

Concepts

The future of professional design is here: Concepts intelligently combines paper + pencil with powerful vector manipulation. Make quick sketches, beautiful illustrations, and precise drawings with ease and style.

Canva

Create designs for Web or print: blog graphics, presentations, Facebook covers, flyers, posters, invitations and so much more. Canva is an online graphic design platform that offers free access to a wide assortment of design tools and options.

Piktochart

Piktochart is a web-based infographic application which allows users without intensive experience as graphic designers to easily create professional-grade infographics using themed templates. Additionally, the program provides tools to add interactive maps, charts, videos and hyperlinks.

WikiBrain

Founded in 2011, WikiBrains is a promising start-up company utilizing smart data structure to provide a growing database of semantically linked information and knowledge. Their mission is to transform the way students collect, organize and explore what they are curious about. You may call it 'Engineered serendipity': Quality Content With Quality Context.

MapHub

MapHub allows you to create, share and collaborate interactive maps online.

Coggle

The clear way to share complex information. Coggle is a collaborative mind-mapping tool that helps you make sense of complex things. Create unlimited mind maps and easily share them with friends and colleagues.

Tiki Toki

Tiki-Toki is web-based software for creating beautiful interactive timelines that you can share on the internet.

Visme

Easily Create online presentations, animations, animated HTML5 banners, infographics and other rich visual content free in your browser.

TimeGlider

Timeglider is a data-driven interactive timeline application. You can "grab" the timeline and drag it left and right, and zoom in and out — much as you would with a mapping app — to view centuries at a time or just hours. You can create create event spans so that you can see durations and how they overlap. Being web-based, Timeglider lets you collaborate and share easily. You can create timelines about the last year of your family, the last century of world events, or about pre-historical (bce/bc) times. You can zoom in to see ten minutes, or zoom out to see billions of years.

Visuwords

The Visual Thesaurus is an interactive dictionary and thesaurus which creates word maps that blossom with meanings and branch to related words. Its innovative display encourages exploration and learning. You'll understand language in a powerful new way.

Padlet

From your hobby to your career, your class notes to your final exam, your mood board to your runway show, padlets help you organize your life.

Noun Project

Creating, Sharing and Celebrating the World’s Visual Language.

Freemix

Freemix is great for fast intuitive creation. Access a nearly infinite pool of images and collage them with a rich array of easy to use tools.

VIS

VIS

Vis a data visualization platform designed to assist investigative journalists, activists and others in mapping complex business or crime networks.

Timeline JS

TimelineJS is an open-source tool that enables anyone to build visually rich, interactive timelines. Beginners can create a timeline using nothing more than a Google spreadsheet, like the one we used for the Timeline above. Experts can use their JSON skills to create custom installations, while keeping TimelineJS's core functionality.

Graphic Design Thinking: Beyond Brainstorming • idApostle

A look at the book Graphic Design Thinking: Beyond Brainstorming containing thirty tools and techniques including brand matrix, action verbs and rhetorical figures.

Mind maps for creative thinking in research

Don't knock them though until you have tried them! Mind maps can really help creative thinking, and creative thinking can be crucially important in research.

The Theory Underlying Concept Maps and How to Construct and Use Them

In learning to construct a concept map, it is important to begin with a domain of knowledge that is very familiar to the person constructing the map. Since concept map structures are dependent on the context in which they will be used, it is best to identify a segment of a text, a laboratory or field activity, or a particular problem or question that one is trying to understand. This creates a context that will help to determine the hierarchical structure of the concept map. It is also helpful to select a limited domain of knowledge for the first concept maps.

Joseph D. Novak & Alberto J. Cañas.
Institute for Human and Machine Cognition.

Biggerplate.com - the home of mind mapping!

Welcome to Biggerplate.com - the home of mind mapping! Our library contains thousands of mind map templates and examples for you to download for free!

Graphwords.com online thesaurus

Graph Words is a free online thesaurus to help you explore English dictionary. Find meanings of words and their associations in easy way using this online thesaurus tool. It's a tool that produces word maps that blossom with related words, branching out to synonyms and definitions.

Slide Bazarr

Free Mind Map Templates for PowerPoint and Keynote.

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