Mind mapping a site map - how to turn it into a deliverable

4 May 2010 - 8:35pm
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R Sengers

We're mapping info architecture right now in a mind mapping tool (generates .mm files). This is for a content site (not a transactional site). We like how quick and easy it is to change the IA in the mind mapping tools, and like the ability to hide/show deeper nodes. But we are trying to figure out the best way to generate a deliverable for clients. Haven't figured out a good way to export it yet.

The map is several nodes deep; difficult to fit on 8.5 x 11 size sheet. We'd like something that looks good and we have some design control over (the mind mapping apps we looked at so far are fairly limited) and a way to include our notes/annotations.

Another option is to somehow automatically convert a mind map layout (a "star map" layout) into a "org chart" style layout, and place each node on a separate chart with its children and grandchildren (so, it would separate the map into several flow charts that correspond to sections of the site.) Each chart could be on a separate page. The mind mapping apps we looked at don't do that (with the possible exception of Inspiration - but doesn't seem to have the design control we'd like).

Or a way to import the mind map's data into a tool like Visio or Omnigraffle, and convert it into "org chart" format there & apply design styles, with minimal amount of effort. (It's OK if the import is just one-way.) Then we could provide deliverable in PDF format (for example).

Any suggestions?


5 May 2010 - 4:07am

I cannot help you with the software question but can help you with presentation.  What i would suggest is that you create a document that contains the high level map (includes a couple of level of navigation) and pages dedicated to each particular site section to its fullest detail.


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