Last month I read this really nice post over at youmoz about a website called Mindmeister. Mindmeister is an online collaboration tool that allows you to create mind maps – you know those charts where you’d circle an idea, then list related ideas, and keep branching away. You can share your “mind maps” with other users, and they can add to and edit your map. All revisions are tracked and can be easily undone.
How cool is that?
While there are other online tools out there, this one has really come in handy for me. I’ve been creating rough drafts of websites, sharing them with clients, and having the clients add and/or change the map until we’re both happy:
What I absolutely love about this tool is how simple it is to use. You click on any node you want to edit, click the add button, and go to town. If you want to move anything around, just drag and drop – it’ll reposition anything in the way. My clients jumped right into the intuitive interface and had no trouble at all using it.
You can even export it to a PDF or image file with very little effort:
Thanks to this tool, Information architecture is a breeze. I can set up a basic architecture, collaborate on the different types of content, sort, group and organize the content by relevancy, and then use it as a blueprint to build the clients’ sites.
If you haven’t given this a try yet, I suggest doing so. You have nothing to lose other than a few minutes.