Mind Mapping & Creative Thinking

November 25, 2009

Equipment and Materials for Mind Mapping

Filed under: Design Technology — Editor @ 12:58 pm
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Hand drawn Mind Maps have a very different feel to those produced digitally. I get a great deal of pleasure out of producing a hand drawn Mind Map.

Effective Relationship Mind Map

I have been asking fellow mappers which pieces of equipment or materials make Mind Mapping by hand such a creative and therapeutic process.

The list so far is as follows:

  • Moleskine Notebooks (A5 and A4)
  • Faber Castell Manga Pens
  • Derwent Inktense Pencils
  • Pental Waterbrush – excellent idea!

    Pental Water Brush

  • Derwent Coloursoft
  • Karisma Berol Pencils Now sadly no longer made 😦
  • A3 high quality paper in loose or pad forms
  • Derwent electric eraser
  • Derwent Battery Operated Eraser

  • Derwent pencil roll

Let me know if there are any others which should be added to this list.

Question Kit used in study skills workshops



  1. Hi Tim,

    It totally depends on where I am and how much time I have. When travelling I always carry a what we call ‘dummy book’ A6 size with me. Dummy books were formerly misprints (books with empty pages). Now they sell them this way with hardcover because people wanted them. On the road I normally use only one color (yes, not the traditional kind of mind mapper style :))

    I also have dummy books on A4 format. I use these when working or at home. Here I use many colors.

    The best thing about these books is:
    1. hardcover
    2. they keep all my mindmaps in one place

    What I do is I create no mindmaps on the first few pages. These become my table of content.

    Comment by Arjen ter Hoeve — November 25, 2009 @ 2:56 pm

  2. Hi Tim, Thanks for mentioning these tools. Do you know why people use these specific tools? Why not other tools, why from these brands?

    Comment by Rob Visser — February 8, 2011 @ 5:00 pm

  3. These are tools I use and that I like to use. Others will have different opinions and ideas.

    Comment by Editor — February 8, 2011 @ 8:26 pm

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