Understand how small details fit into large concepts with our brace map

Trying to conceptualize the individual pieces of a marketing plan, academic problem, or business concept? FigJam templates help you discover new connections in a fraction of a second.

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Brace map

Bring your whole group together to tackle part-whole relationships with our free interactive brace thinking map.

Simplify from top to bottom

Grasp the core of every concept when you streamline your process at all levels with easy-to-understand thinking maps.

Learn creatively: Illustrate abstract ideas with a visual tool for clear organization and illuminating insights.

Adapt effectively: Reflect on a problem with a flexible, developmental framework that evolves as your thinking does.

Think critically: Make higher-order connections with a framework that captures abstractions, categorization, and hierarchies.

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Teamwork is the common denominator

Collaboration is the cause of all your best solutions. Draw out creative categories in our open canvas design, exchange feedback in shared workspaces, and address specific points with Lil’ Notes and cursor chats. Develop an understanding shared by the entire group.

Divide the work, multiply your successes

Seamlessly split concepts into categories with our brace map. Generate new ideas leading to exponential growth with more templates from our Community.


A brace thinking map is a visual framework breaking down a larger category into smaller, more specific subparts. It follows the shape of a {bracket} to show how the overarching concept encompasses many parts within it. Brace map templates appear in a variety of contexts, including business settings, classrooms, personal categorizations, and more.

Start with our brace map template and write the largest category on the leftmost side, like this: FigJam Templates {. On the right, within the vertical space of the bracket, you’ll add subcategories or individual parts that make up the whole: { Strategy, Diagramming, Analysis, Brainstorming, Project Management—these are all included within “FigJam templates.”

For each subcategory, create a separate bracket and label the smaller categories within that: Project Management { Gantt Chart, Kanban Board, Agile Roadmap, Project Charter, and so on. A brace map example typically includes three or more such levels.

Beyond the brace map thinking map, various other visual frameworks can help you organize your thoughts, including the following:

- Bubble map – Featuring a central circle with various surrounding bubbles depicting related terms, this map helps to make new connections during brainstorming.

- Double bubble map – This map features two centers instead of one, showing the similarities and differences between the various focal points.

- Flow map – The directional component of this map emphasizes cause and effect, beneficial in depicting processes and sequences.

- Multi-flow map – This map depicts more complex causal relationships with multiple arrows showing different causes and effects.

- Tree map – This hierarchical map helps you classify objects, illustrating the various branches and offshoots of each category.

- Circle map – Featuring two concentric circles, this map begins with your main topic in the middle. Fill in the surrounding circles with related terms.

- Bridge map – This map shows correlations between separate terms. It’s helpful in categorizing and finding new connections.

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