A year long Twitter story, a month in

By Randall Snare
In December, Elizabeth spotted a post from Jonathan Gibbs, a writer who wrote a story over a year via Twitter, and wanted to pass the account to someone new. Lucky for us, he...

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The story arc of sort-of triumph

By Elizabeth McGuane
While all stories have a structure that fits into certain categories, they all have unique shapes.
My esteemed colleague wrote this in a post on...

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The shape of the tale: an experiment in storytelling

By Randall Snare
Outlines make a liar out of me. I used to hate them; now I just begrudge them. When I wrote fiction, the outline killed my plot; I would race from one section to another....

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Hilarity, linguistically deconstructed

By Randall & Elizabeth
This week, both members of Mapped were in London. The reason, besides friendship, was to see Louis CK's standup in a ridiculously large arena show. I (Randall) am studying linguistics, for officialZ, and as a...

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A dialectic on cute

By Elizabeth McGuane
“Why is my soup talking to me like it's a person?” I heard a friend say this recently, to no one in particular, while glaring at the back of a tub of soup. This is what...

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When data visualisation goes wrong

By Randall Snare
I love a good graph. If someone can turn those unsexy numbers into an easy-on-the-eyes series of rectangles, then, well, hooray. But let's be honest about what data visualisation sometimes becomes: the crystal...

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About Mapped.

We're two writers who make web things. We're interested in what makes stories go: in our brains, online, in design, fiction, culture and everywhere.

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