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This quest is about chart orchestration.
Now that we know best practices for presenting measures, mind mapping's ability to link charts will solidify a presentation/story. I would like find out if this thread is a viable approach.


mapping software enables users to create readily understood and highly interactive visual representations of complex ideas, information, and data.  Based on scientific research into the working of the human brain, which began in the 1950s, mind mapping has remained a useful technique for improving individual creativity and memory retention.        



Business mapping, on the other hand, is designed for use inside the enterprise.        




Mind mapping as a business application is an interface that expands to accommodate new information. The interface captures information by means of a visual hierarchy of cascading topics and subtopics. The advantages of this format over traditional text-only documents include the ability to:

  • Gain a useful overview of information by collapsing topics, or expanding topics to gain access to details
  • See information in context: A mind map interface helps users visualize connections and relationships that can lead to new insights and ideas.
  • Create concise documents that can be quickly understood, which results in more useful, and rapid feedback from team members and stakeholders



CNN looks at mind mapping

Technorati Tag(s): , , , , , — September 11, 2006 @ 7:40 am

Television personality Richard Quest airs his monthly “Quest” program on CNN. On September 23/24 (Saturday 06:00, 14:00, 19:00 and Sunday 06:00, 19:00 ALL TIMES GMT) he will air one called “The Quest for Genius.”


“This month on Quest, we take a journey into the human mind, the complex gray matter that distinguishes us from the rest of life on Earth. Along the way, we will explore the concept of genius, the mysterious workings of the brain and whether Richard Quest is as smart as he thinks…


In the program, Quest will interview chess player Garry Kasparov, Dr. James Watson of DNA fame, Kim Peek (AKA the Rain Man)—and Tony Buzan. Of Buzan, CNN writes: “Having founded the World Memory Championships more than a decade ago, Buzan is convinced the computer inside us knows no boundaries if we teach it how to work properly. Quest puts Buzan’s pioneering mind-mapping techniques to the test in the vain hope he can salvage what little memory he has left.”


Tune in if you get a chance!


William S. Miller

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Sounds heirarchial like an OLAP cube concept or a graphical version of an outline.  Without [me] going to the CNN website, how does this apply as a new metrics reporting tool?  How would an end user see things, particularly with numbers?


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Here are some non-conforming report examples. The attached files gives an improvable example for this idea.

William S. Miller

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The topic that you've suggested is one that I've thought about a fair amount and find quite interesting. I don't think of it so much in terms of specific methodologies, such as Mind Mapping (Yes, I've read some of this material and have a copy of Mindjet's Mind Manager, which they gave to me), but more generally in terms of quantitative narrative--telling stories with numbers. One of the projects that I'm currently working on is the development of techniques for telling complex quantitative stories on a poster-sized printed display. I'll be attempting to tell the story of global climate change in this manner fairly soon, working with my friend Jonathan Koomey to get the necessary data.

Sometimes the story that needs to be told has layers and involves many individual statistics that must be tied together to create a narrative flow. Visualization research, such as the work of Jacques Bertin (The Semiology of Graphics) and more recent work by Robert Horn (Visual Language: Global Communication for the 21st Century), to name two major contributors, has identified paticular visual objects and attributes that work well to encode particular meanings, including those that play a part in visual storytelling. For instance, we've known for a long time that lines that link objects suggest a connection between them and that by adding an arrow head to a line we can add directionality to the meaning (for example, to indicate sequence or causality). Simple node/link diagrams of various types (for example, hierarchies or networks) can connect graphs to tell a quantitative story. I suspect that there is more to it, however, than just stringing together with lines and arrows a bunch of graphs that work well individually, for there might be better ways to visualize quantitative data in the context of several points in a story.

I've said all this to say that I agree; this is a worthy topic for discussion, which is why I have now moved this thread to the new forum called "Visual Narrative." Thanks for the suggestion.

Stephen Few
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