Compare Mapping Styles

Compare and Contrast Chart: two styles of Mapping

There are many different styles of mapping and they are known by many names. But at this point, there is little relationship between the names used and the style of mapping. Here, you can two mapping styles: Tony Buzan’s Mind Map and Judy Fishel’s Concept Map. We will begin with an example of each style, both drawn by Judy Fishel, both covering more or less the same material.

A Mind Map done in the style of Tony BuzanTony Buzan Style:
Mind Map

Note that this map includes a number of pictures. To really show his style there should be many more pictures but it’s hard to find images for thinking, memory, etc.

Notice in the dark blue section, the third line down. It says Preview Table of Contents, but since Buzan allows only one word per line, it begins with “Preview.” Next, with a bump in the line it says “Contents”. Finally, on another bump, it says “Table.” The bumps indicate a new line leading off the previous line.

This shows a Concept Map.Judy Fishel Style:
Concept Map

This map never writes  words on lines. They are usually either in a box or oval. For the outer level, I didn’t enclose the ideas in a shape.

When needed, several words are used together.

There are no pictures here, though they could be included when they make the idea clear. I do many cocept maps in black and white but sometimes add color for interest.

The Compare and Contrast Chart

Category                           Mind Map                         Concept Map

Color                                             Always: considered very important            Rarely: not considered important

Pictures                                        Many: considered very important               Rarely: not considered important

Basic shape                                 Radiant: ideas flow out from center            Radiant: ideas flow out from center

Words on a level                          Only ONE WORD at a time                         One – three or four words as needed

Word placement                           Always on a line                                         Usually in box or circle except last level

Lines                                           Usually curved at all levels                           Always straight unless line needs to
.                                                   Here they are almost straight                       curve to get around object to connect

Relationship of ideas                 Ideas emerge from creative flow as              Ideas are intended to be logical
.                                                  one idea brings other ideas to mind.            reflecting the structure of the content

Uses                                       Often used for brainstorming, but   now         Useful for study, to show structure
.                                              used by many people to show structure           to show relationships  ideas,  show
.                                                                                                                        relationship of details to main ideas.


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