The Guide to Map Design

Design your best custom map for web or mobile

About this guide

Maps visualize our current location, our destination, and everything in between. Depending on where you are going, how you’re getting there, and what you are doing once you arrive; you need totally different view of the map. Since our mapping needs and experiences can be very unique, why should all maps look exactly the same?

Customizing your map allows you to curate the data, measure the experience, and match the context with your brand. Teams typically tend to customize their maps for one of the following reasons:

  • To improve performance
  • To focus the visual narrative
  • To streamline map content for context
  • To identify patterns in big data

Written by our resident cartographer Amy Lee Walton, an award-winning map designer, the guide is made for designers getting started with maps and experts fine-tuning details for a particular use case.

Download the updated edition of The Guide to Map Design today!

What you'll learn

The 128-page guide will teach you:

  • What vector maps unlock for your maps and how they are built
  • The key elements, principles and theory of great map design
  • Important special considerations when designing maps for mobile, navigation, and data visualizations
  • An overview of the Mapbox-provided global data
  • An overview of the Mapbox-provided core styles and which to use as a template for your custom mapping project
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