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StoryMaps: Design a Dynamic and Spatially-Driven Narrative

Recommended Workflow

Here's my recommended workflow for creating your own StoryMap:

  1. Activate your StoryMaps account using your Brandeis login. 
     
  2. Check out example StoryMaps created by ESRI. Use the filters/search feature to explore StoryMaps related to your project. You can also search for non-ESRI affiliates' projects by Googling "[your topic] + StoryMaps".
     
  3. Ask yourself:
    • How are the dynamic features embedded in StoryMaps improving my experience as a reader?
    • Do I think this layout works well with the topic?
    • How are places differently represented on the map? 
    • Did the creator make effective design choices? Think about: font size/style/color, use of headings, etc.
       
  4. Learn the basics:
  5. Decide on your StoryMap layout. Learn about the different options in Tutorial #7 or on the StoryMaps Layout Examples page, which explains what template to use to achieve a certain layout. 
     
  6. Using Tutorial #4 and the Outline your StoryMap guide, start to plan your project.
     
  7. Begin to build. Peruse additional tutorials as needed:
  8. In the final stages of your project, take time to critically assess your design choices. These two tutorials can help improve accessibility for vision-impaired individuals, and ensure your project looks professional and cohesive.