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Lucidchart concept map maker

A concept map creator designed to organize your ideas

  • Concept maps for education

    Kickstart your digital learning initiative

    Educators and students alike rely on Lucidchart as the ultimate teaching and learning tool. Our concept map generator gives you the ability to visualize connections between ideas, events, or notes in order to better plan curriculum, create study guides, or outline writing projects. Customizable formatting options give you complete control over the look and feel of your concept map, allowing you to build lessons, assessments, and guides that support learning at a higher cognitive level.

  • Take action on your business ideas

    Take action on your business ideas

    Step away from the pencil and paper—give your business ideas an upgrade with the concept map creator designed to make ideas easy to understand across every department in your organization, even those that are non-technical. Use concept maps to simplify complex relationships, spot gaps and contradictions, and promote creative problem solving and understanding to generate results. As your organization identifies new problems and ideas, update and share your work in Lucidchart with a few easy clicks.

  • Create concept maps with ease

    Create concept maps with ease

    Create your online concept map from scratch or use one of our templates to illustrate ideas quickly and clearly. Use drag-and-drop shapes and prompts to easily connect topics and subtopics, then organize your ideas by color to ensure that your concept map is easily understood. Each aspect of your concept map can be effortlessly customized and adjusted, whether you need to modify the layout before printing or add images and screenshots for a tailored message.

  • Present and share

    Present and share

    Concept mapping works best as a collaborative effort. When in-person collaboration isn’t possible, Lucidchart features like real-time updates and in-editor chatting can help you build off of ideas added from other contributors in seconds. Share your work with students, team members, or collaborators while maintaining control over editing permissions, or use presentation mode to take your concept map directly from editing to presenting with one click. Publish your concept map online knowing that everyone has access to the most up-to-date version at all times.

  • Use G Suite integrations

    Use G Suite integrations

    Our G Suite integrations allow you to leverage your Google account to access and maintain your online concept map. With free Lucidchart add-ons, you can import your concept map seamlessly to break up text-heavy documents in Google Docs and make presentations more engaging in Google Slides. You can also sync with Google Drive to store your Lucidchart documents along with your other documentation—any changes you make in Lucidchart will update in Google Drive.

How to make a concept map with Lucidchart

1

Start with a topic

At the core of your concept map should be a singular issue you want the concept map to resolve. Drag a shape on to the canvas that will guide the hierarchical structure.

2

Identify key concepts

Make a list of all the key ideas that relate to your core concept and order them with the most general concepts first and the more specific concepts last. This list is called the “parking lot.”

3

Connect topics and subtopics

Connect the key concepts you’ve identified and continue to branch out. Show relationships using lines as you go, adding text to lines to help define each relationship.

4

Customize and format

Add colors and images to personalize your diagram and clearly show related concepts and ideas. Continually revise your concept map as you learn new information.

5

Present and share your work

Publish your concept map using Lucidchart’s easy sharing options. Share it directly within Lucidchart, print it, or download it as a PNG, JPEG, or PDF.

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Frequently asked questions about our concept mapping software

Help! I don't see a dedicated shape library for concept maps in Lucidchart.

You can use standard flowchart shapes to build your concept map or repurpose our mind map shape library. Simply search for “mind maps” in the Shape Manager.

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What account level do I need to be on to access the mind map shape library?

Mind map shapes are a premium feature available to Professional, Team, and Enterprise account levels. However, you can still create concept maps using the flowchart template and our basic shapes library.

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How can I modify the style of my concept map?

You can modify the style of your concept map by using the formatting options in the properties bar.

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Do you have any examples of concept maps?

Yes! Browse through our template gallery, select the template you want, and customize it for your needs.

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How do I go about creating a concept map?

We've created a full overview of concept maps and included a helpful video tutorial to guide you in the right direction for making your own concept maps. Remember to start with a central idea and then branch out into related topics from there.

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Organize your next idea with our concept map generator

Organize your next idea with our concept map generator