The Story Map

I'm happy to email a PDF of this to anyone in attendance.

  • Manuel Lima 8y

    Hi Andrew,

    I would like to include this image in

    Is it possible you could give me some info on its context?

  • Andrew Enright PRO 8y

    Hi Manuel,

    The context is relatively straightforward: When my wife and I were married last year, we had a fairly small wedding with a few groups of very tightly-knit friends and family. Wanting them to chat one another up easily, we made this graphic to help start conversations and allow, say, our college friends to enjoy my wife's father's friends without too much awkwardness.

    We also wanted a program-like document, something that would tell the roles of each member of the wedding party. (Hence my wife, Heather, and me in the middle, and the ring around us of the major players.)

    We collected our favorite stories (and solicited some from our parents--at least one for each guest), and Heather distilled them all to the teaser text you see between each "node". I then rendered the map in Illustrator and we had them printed on newsprint. My mom and my sister tied them around cardboard tubes filled with sunflower seeds (later to be thrown at us as we walked back up the aisle), and each guest received one as they took their seats.

    You can feel free to put this image anywhere you like, so long as my CC license is respected (non-commercial use, and an attribution for both me and my wife--Andrew Coulter Enright and Heather Samples).


  • Bill 8y


    Great map! I couldn't help but notice the lack of link or "teaser text" between you and Heather. Doesn't seem fair to special case the bride and groom. :-)

  • Karen Euler 8y

    Hello Andrew,

    Saw this via Kottke, and I would like very much to create something like this for my October wedding. As a multi-continental family, we'd also have a layer of 'languages spoken' in our teaser text, but otherwise it's a similar need that you're filling.

    Any chance you'd be willing to share part of the map so I could gratefully borrow and build from it without reinventing the wheel?

  • Julie 8y

    Hey Karen

    It's on, with slightly better detail. Filter by Social Networks. Thumbnail currently in bottom-right corner.

  • randy p PRO 8y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Diagram Diaries, and we'd love to have your photo added to the group.
  • michael PRO 8y

    I love your version and I did something more rudimentary and in line with my level of talent. I've posted a copy at
    Friends_Family_v0.8 by hartley
    and have PDF versions as well. I cobbled together my version in a mixture of PowerPoint and and used the later for PDF export etc. Was a fun process and we've had many requests for copies post wedding.

    It is interesting that Kottke mentions Lombardi - I started off my idea with the Radial form of Organization Chart found on Visual Complexity.

  • mikelegurra 8y

    very cool.

    got here via and i'm glad i did. :-)
  • emdot PRO 8y

    holy moly that is cool.
  • nikkim79 PRO 8y

    This is so awesome! My best friend's wedding is Sunday and I'm wondering if I can copy your idea in time!!
  • ryan harvey PRO 8y

    This is really great. If ever misfortune befalls some unsuspecting woman that I can convince to marry me, I'm making one of these.
  • Paul Czege 8y


    It's great! You used GraphViz? Would you be willing to share your DOT code for it? I've never managed such controlled placement with GraphViz myself, and would love to see how you did it.

  • flibbertijibbet 8y

    Such a wonderful idea! I'm sure your guests were very appreciative.

    Best wishes to the newlyweds!
  • Zach PRO 8y

    Ended up here via defective yeti - and can only say very well done!
  • Eric Martindale 8y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called RolePlay Gateway, and we'd love to have your photo added to the group. We have an article on our site about creating relationship maps for roleplaying characters, and I feel that this is an awesome example.
  • debs PRO 7y

    Andrew - awesome! I love this - do you mind if I use it for a chat next week at web2expo???
  • warren certifico 6y

    the file picture is a wonderful idea and im so very beautiful draw the flowers im so very approciativeness for the story mapping thank you for hour file the story mapping draw..............?
  • psonnefeld 2y

    Oh my god you're the inventor of Cover Flow?! I was reading VisualComplexity (see first comment) and got here, but now, months later, I read sth about Cover Flow and it's you again. Wow.
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