"When I go into the field to record, I often wish that I could share what it's like to be there. Incredible sounds can come from some incredible places. Story maps are a perfect showcase. The chance to work with ESRI, the originators of the software, was a tremendous opportunity. They made it easy to tell a complex story that was also fun to listen to." - Jeff Rice, Program Director, Acoustic Atlas
One of the greatest design challenges for the project was how best to feature audio in the Story Map. We started by looking at how we could improve the user experience from our previous stories like these: Embattled Borderlands, Endangered Languages, Twelve Places of Christmas. We also drew inspiration from others like the New York Times, Washington Post.