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Here’s a site map thumbnail for a project we’re working on. Sorry I can’t say what it’s about but it’s got some pretty cool stuff going on. Notice all of the cool lines and things going everywhere. Yeah, it’s cool.

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  1. is that Visio? That did you make that in and what’s with the different color dots?

  2. Obviously this is for the world-renouned company “Ste Map” (as you can clearly see at the top left of the image).

    Actually, I’m working on it with Chris so I know exactly what it is about. I’ll never tell. Never. Bwahahahahaha!

  3. Andrew did the fancy color coding stuff (among other enhancements), before that it was just a boring office document without any life to it. Now, with added color, it has brought the document to life. High five!

  4. Mark – it’s actually in Illustrator, and some of the icons at the top indicate logged in vs logged out visibility, and whether an RSS feed exists. Then others indicate whether a wireframe exists and HTML.

  5. I’m curious Chris, with all the site maps you generate why the use of Illustrator over Visio? Is there a reason beyond personal preference?

  6. Because I have some awesome templates that I’ve been using for years now, and it’s super easy to work in Illustrator to do what I want. Nothing against Visio, but I like what Illustrator can do for me from a visual perspective much more.

  7. Yeh, I really like working in Illustrator too, almost more than Photoshop. I guess I would just get caught up more (read distracted) in the design of site diagram than in the actual flow and purposefulness of it.

    Like if one of my flow lines looked off by just a tiny bit, I’d be spending time getting that right instead of figuring out where the next box should go. That’s why I like Visio for these kind of things — magnetic lines. Snap, boom, biff off to the next.

  8. I’ll admit that does happen. I get all caught up in making sure lines line up. I should go dig up some site maps clients have made in viseo. Someone gave me one with lines going literally EVERYWHERE. I couldn’t make any sense of it.

    Let’s put it this way, if you put some time into these sorts of documents you can show them to people and they want to give you money.

  9. THat site map sure does look cool, and interesting. I love the format and style which you have used. You had mentioned you have some illustrator templates which you use for sure sitemaps n such, any chance you could post those..would love to use them. Share the wealth!

    Thanks again for the great articles and posts!

  10. Yeah, I thought about that briefly but have decided against it because all of my competitors read this site and the last thing I need is to lose my competitive advantage. Thanks.

  11. Wow you think that is cool? Man you must really get excited by pie charts and bar graphs, or maybe even electrical circuit plans. LOL. Just kidding!

  12. I was surprised to see that no one mentioned anything about OmniGraffle Pro to do site maps and flow charts. I have messed with it a few times and it can make some pretty cool site maps. I do not claim to be an expert at site map making but just wanted to toss OmniGraffle Pro at you guys 🙂 It is a cool looking site map though 🙂

  13. I’ve tried Omni a couple of times and will admit it has been a while. It’s probably a great product.

    Oh, and since you won’t, I’ll go out on a limb and claim to be an expert at creating site maps. I just love it. I get more of a thrill out of it than eating M&Ms.

  14. Chris, you should give OmniGraffle a try sometime and let me know what you think about it. I am curious to hear what the site map expert has to say 🙂 It used to be slow but has come a long way since I first started using it, which wasn’t too long ago. I love Illustrator (well most of the time) but after using OmniGraffle I don’t think I would touch Illustrator when it comes to quick site maps. It is ‘mucho’ easy and quick to create some nice looking site maps in a short amount of time but you probably could be quick with it if you have a template and styles all ready to go 🙂