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Paul and Adam slugging it out


Paul Foreman and Adam Sicinski are two of the finest hand-drawn mind mappers active on the web recently.  Now they seem to be in competition to see who can produce the most maps and the best maps aimed at helping their readers achieve personal-development, self-improvement and study.

The Topicscape Mindmaps Directory is panting along behind, just to find out what comes next.  Today’s update has 4 new mind maps with a score of Sicinski 3, Foreman 1.  Since I started following these two, the overall score has totalled Sicinski 20, Foreman 37.  

But it’s not all about numbers, trust me!  The imagination, artistry, breadth of concept and the depth of their accompanying articles puts them both in the top class.  Here are two examples closer up than the Directory shows them, though to see them full size you’ll have to click through to the original sites.


Link: Paul Foreman’s De-Clutter


Link: Adam Sicinki’s Study Matrix 101

The newest entries in the Mindmaps Directories:


Here’s hoping you enjoy poking around these maps as much as I did.


  1. Roy, these are indeed beautiful to look at, but I wonder whether such mindmaps work beyond the mere eye candy? For me, mindmaps work best–in terms of making sense, and of making the information memorable–if they reveal not only the connections and information, but the shape of the subject: If every mindmap fills the page and the artwork takes precedence over the content, are those interests not undermined?

  2. I think the eye-candy catches attention, and the content provokes thought. These aren’t just pretty pictures. IMO a good deal of thought has gone into them and readers can get a good deal out of them. It may be in the form of realization, disagreement, reminder or just a new way of looking at things. And Adam’s mind maps are backed up with solid, extensive articles.

    I’m within few pages of the end of Chip & Dan Heath’s “Made to Stick” about constructing memorable messages (great book, by the way). These maps meet many of their criteria: Getting attention, because they are visually stimulating; concrete not abstract; emotional because attractive; and given credibility by the obvious care and thought there.

    I think it’s hard to do mind maps for others – I regard them as a very personal thing, the act of creation often holding the real value, rather than the end product. But some people have the knack of making mind maps that others can appreciate and get value from, and I believe Paul and Adam have that knack.

    I’ve added links to the original articles – something that was there before, but that WordPress swallowed.



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