I'm very excited to share with you all a preview of the interactive map I’ve been working on! By working what I really mean is obsessing and fretting over for months and months while Zion takes care of the sailing and tries to get me to take days off. Normally our roles are reversed in that regard! The map is a bit clunky at this point but I think it has great potential to accomplish our goal of creating a visually engaging and informative resource.
A few quirks you’ll notice about the map:
- The map loads pretty slowly. If you click on it right away you might get some funny results so give it a few extra seconds.
- Only the top row is filled in with content and only some of the tags are linked. As I add more images the file gets bigger and loads more slowly, so I’ve added the minimum amount to show what it can do without making the file too large.
- For being an interactive map it’s not all that interactive. This is also connected to my struggles with file size because animation and other interactive extras take up space.
Despite the map's limitations, I think it shows our how the cool the map could be with just a little more work. I’m proud of how far we’ve come but I also recognize there comes a time to ask for help!
I need a web developer to help me take this interactive map to the next level.I think in just 5 to 10 hours of time with the right person, we could make a resource that loads on any platform (Flash doesn’t work on iPhones or iPads), can quickly display the hundreds of images and resources we’ve gathered, and can feature more interactive content like animation.
If you know a developer who is familiar with using Flash in conjunction withCreateJS libraries/HTML5 please put them in touch with me!
Here's a link to the map, enjoy!