In 2016, the Esri Story Maps team focused on improving our apps in hopes of better serving our rapidly growing community of storytellers.

But we also love to tell stories ourselves. Why? Because there are causes we want to support, passions we want to indulge, partners with whom we want to collaborate, and custom apps and layouts we’d like to prototype (such as the terrorism and extinction stories below). Plus, using our apps to tell our own stories is a great way to learn how to improve them.

We’ve compiled some of our favorite stories of 2016 into this gallery. We hope you enjoy exploring them, and we welcome your feedback. In 2017 we also plan to put out more of our own story maps than ever before. We hope you do the same. Happy new year!

—Allen Carroll, Program Manager, Storytelling