On a recent surf to - www.brainpickings.org - I found an amazing example of visual mapping. In a post on "The 11 Best Art and Design Books" by Maria Popova, a book by Paula Scher was reviewed. The book titled, Paula Scher's MAPS, displays 39 of her wonderful typograhicmaps in a large-format volume. Scher's maps are " remarkable, obsessive, giant hand-painted typographicmaps of the world as she sees it, covering everything from specific countries and continents to cultural phenomena," according to Popova.
To me, this is a beautiful example of a mind map gone crazy! To Scher, this map would make perfect sense. The connections, HER connections, are visible in the map. Although amazing to look at, these maps would not hold the same meaning to each of us as they do to her. To make similar connections, we would each need to make our own typograhicmap. NOT a bad idea!