Aesthetic mind mapping is best known as a brainstorming exercise. You begin with a central topic surrounded by a bubble, then expand your ideas by adding additional bubbles connected with lines to form relationships. However, mind mapping aesthetics can be used for much more than brainstorming. Mind maps can help you learn or teach new information more quickly, plan a meeting, create an outline for an essay or blog post, communicate complex information more clearly, and much more. There are numerous methods for creating mind maps. The most basic method is to use a pen and paper. Begin with a central bubble and work your way outward, adding as many ideas as possible in subsequent bubbles and connecting related ideas.