Mind maps, charts and diagrams (collectively known as infographics, to use a buzzword) have always been extremely helpful when trying to understand complex concepts. We find them in students' notes, they are a useful mnemonic tool, and when working or studying in groups they are a great way to share information. They come to our aid, inviting us to follow their line of reasoning, encouraging us to break things down to the bare essentials, to take non-sequential paths, to see the bigger picture regarding a concept. They are a big help for people with learning disabilities and other difficulties.
History, concepts, movements, philosophical theories, explained in hundreds of maps. Le grammatiche del pensiero [the grammars of thought] is a 2,400-page book published by Zanichelli, containing 572 maps created directly within the page layout.
How. A simple, rigorous graphic layout, with few graphic elements, a colour chart and some syntactic rules for the construction of the maps enabled us to interpret the authors' instructions precisely and consistently.
What. Graphic design.
Client. Zanichelli Editore, Bologna (IT).