For this project, you will create a storymap about the Fall 2016 Appalachian Wildfires using Mapbox, Leaflet and Parallax scrolling techniques.

Your storymap will be a parallax scrolling single-page website. There is no specific length requirement, but your site should be an appropriate scale for the story you are telling.

How to approach the subject of the 2016 Appalachian wildfires is up to you. There are many angles you can take - from more broad and general, to more specific and focussed on an individual fire or mini-narrative. Look at the 5 Principles of Effective Storytelling for advice and Sample Story Maps for inspiration.

Submit your storyboards and interim Mapbox maps on Google Drive in the 'Wildfire Storyboards/Drafts' folder by the deadline (see the Course Schedule) for grading and in-class critique.

Submit your final project on Google Drive in the 'Wildfire Final Projects' folder. Include a 300-word paragraph describing the concept and approach of your project.


  1. Storymapping.
  2. Creating and styling tiles in Mapbox.
  3. Embedding maps into a website
    and editing them using Leaflet Javascript library.

Grading Criteria

  1. Meets the criteria in the Instructions section.
  2. Creativity and originality.
  3. Planning and functionality.
  4. Execution of the design through color, typography, images, layout.
  5. Use of datasets and maps.
  6. Demonstrates an understanding of the use of maps to tell a story.

Advanced Interactive Design: NM420