This is the start of a historical survey of visual mapping. It kicks off with one well-known classic example, and follows up with a very interesting map that has more recently come to my attention. I've written about origins of mind mapping
before, but now I'm assembling samples. I've also mentioned elsewhere (see the comments)
that I'd like to get samples of Idea Sunbursting that Dr. Perusek wrote to me about.
Here's a link to my main Knol entitled "Mind mapping". There are cross reference items on related terms as well.
I preserved it in Freezepage when Google closed down Knol.
There's a lot to like in the (unrestrained!) enthusiasm this author shows for Mindmaps.
I've seen comments from people who have looked at mindmapping but never used the technique: "I never know what to do with the mindmap once I've got it." Well, here's one answer.
Here's a view of creativity worth reading. It mentions mindmapping only briefly but it does provide a hint to one of the ways around creative blockage. I've added one of my own at the foot.