The Story Map

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

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    1. mslima 96 months ago | reply

      Hi Andrew,

      I would like to include this image in

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


    2. Andrew Coulter Enright 96 months ago | reply

      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).



    3. USAFA87 95 months ago | reply


      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. :-)


    4. Karen Euler 95 months ago | reply

      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?


    5. Julie Hamwood 95 months ago | reply

      Hey Karen

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


    6. plemeljr 95 months ago | reply

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

    7. hartley 95 months ago | reply

      I love your version and I did something more rudimentary and in line with my level of talent. I've posted a copy at 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.


    8. mikelegurra [deleted] 95 months ago | reply

      very cool.

      got here via and i'm glad i did. :-)

    9. emdot 95 months ago | reply

      holy moly that is cool.

    10. nikkim79 95 months ago | reply

      This is so awesome! My best friend's wedding is Sunday and I'm wondering if I can copy your idea in time!!

    11. Ryan Harvey 95 months ago | reply

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

    12. Paul Czege 95 months ago | reply


      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.


    13. flibbertijibbet 95 months ago | reply

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

      Best wishes to the newlyweds!

    14. z5 95 months ago | reply

      Ended up here via defective yeti - and can only say very well done!

    15. eric.martindale 93 months ago | reply

      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.

    16. debs 80 months ago | reply

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

    17. warren certifico 64 months ago | reply

      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..............?

    18. psonnefeld 21 months ago | reply

      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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