Venn Diagram

"My mind, a Venn diagram. 
You, the overlap and the intersect;
A pulsating glimmer--omnipresent, 
a lighthouse with its glowing breath..."
-Lang Leav, The Universe of Us

What is a Venn diagram?

A Venn diagram uses circles and curves to show relationships among sets (groups of like things). They are wonderful visual tools for triggering ideas, or unleashing creativity. This is because they allow users to easily pinpoint areas of overlap between items that may not initially seem similar. Venn diagrams are commonly used in math, but they have applications in virtually any field. First used around 1880, and named after mathematician John Venn, these diagrams can be complicated, but although they are capable of depicting complex relationships, those that depict fewer sets tend to be visually spare and elegant. 

These days even Kindergarteners learn Venn diagrams in school:
Venn diagrams for kids

Venn and creativity:
Venn diagrams as creative thinking tools
The Venn diagram stage of writing
Creativity, design & Venn

Venn diagram creative prompts
When & how to use Venn

Venn diagrams and science:
The simple brilliance of venn
Cogwheels of the mind

Venn diagrams and music:

Venn diagrams and art:
When Venn diagrams intersect
Venn diagram art with 11 sets

About poet Lang Leav

If you were to use a Venn diagram to depict your current situation, what would it look like?

"Concern for man and fate must always form the chief interest of all technical endeavors. Never forget this in the midst of your diagrams and equations."
-Albert Einstein

Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay 
Image from Pixabay 


  1. I learnt about venn diagrams decades ago - well, in the last century. But I've never forgotten them. I love the topical quote and the mandala.

  2. I have no idea about these diagrams, but sounds interesting:)

    1. They are pretty fascinating, Genevive. Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Venn diagrams are somewhere in my memory... Thanks for the links!


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