Apr 15, 2000

Concept Map: Baseball

The game of baseball provides wonderful subject matter for a concept map.

I introduce design students to the idea and practice of concept maps by assigning them the task of de-constructing the game of baseball and then re-constructing it in the form of a concept map.

My students—at the Institute of Design in Chicago, Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, and San Jose State University—have created numerous concept maps over the years. The students’ maps demonstrate great visual variety and unique approaches to structuring the information.

More information about this assignment, including many student maps, has been posted in article form on the [Loop: AIGA Journal of Interaction Design Education][1] web site.

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[1]: http://loop1.aiga.org/common/modules/display/dsp_ContentTemplate01b.cfm?ContentID=17&CreateTemplate=0&NavType=SiblingContent “Loop: AIGA Journal of Interaction Design Education”


  • MapLover

    Sep 22, 2008
    1:43 pm

    These are awesome. Thanks for sharing.

  • Peter

    Jan 12, 2009
    7:20 am

    Hi, I’m interested in mapping as a way of dealing with complex texts, particularly ones on student reading lists. Can you point me in the direction of writers/theorists on this way of using mapping?

  • Tammy A.

    Feb 14, 2009
    7:27 pm

    Hugh and crew, this is great, especially for European visitors. I think Edward Tufte would be proud.

  • Yaroslav

    Apr 29, 2009
    12:16 pm

    Oh yeah, I finally understood what is baseball!

  • pkt

    Jun 2, 2009
    10:46 pm

    i would even recommend u go on to do an Idiot’s Guide– for wide ranging topics oter than baseball..

    something like a ‘HowStuffworks’ kinda site b great

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  • See-ming Lee 李思明 SML

    Sep 12, 2009
    9:59 pm

    Oh great. Kip Voytek is going to teach me about baseball tomorrow. I shall print this out and use as my cheat sheet.

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  • Frank

    Mar 7, 2011
    7:45 am

    Where’s the pdf of this…would love to share with my international colleagues who don’t understand the game!

  • Wyatt

    May 15, 2011
    6:21 am

    Can you model things that don’t actually have rules, like Cricket? 😛

  • DeeDee Chang

    Mar 18, 2014
    2:39 am

    Hello: This is just great. Visual literacy at its best. Can I purchase a poster of this baseball concept map? It really helps me understand the game….after all I am a big Chicago White Sox fan!

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