I’m attending WhereCampTB this weekend, where I’ll be joining geographers, developers, and open source advocates to talk about the intersection of maps and technology.

I’m particularly excited for my ignite talk tonight about my work with AJ designing OSM Bright, our new world map template that anyone can use to style their own map using OpenStreetMap data and TileMill. This new world base layer is a warmer, more colorful version of MapBox Light, while keeping to a clean design that’s ideal for overlaying data on. Unlike many maps, roads classes are distinguished only by their width and labels and points-of-interest icons are kept at a minimum. We paid careful attention is paid to clutter, giving larger and more important features more prominent labeling and fading smaller features into the background.

I’ll also be attending the unconference tomorrow, where I’ll demo how to use TileMill to design custom maps as well as more advanced map making techniques. Check out our documentation for details on how to get started. If you’re attending WhereCampTB and want to talk about MapBox, come find me or message me @ian_villeda.