Maps tell stories about a location – and static maps are the "stock photo" version of a map: a simple snapshot, complete with points and lines that direct the viewer to precise location knowledge.
How a map is distributed and consumed is as important as the cartography elements. A static map for print will need plenty of pixels for proper output. A static map for social media or messaging applications might look best as motionless, or the story could be enhanced with animation. The ultimate use case for a static map is to create an anchor to click through to your web or mobile map.
You’ll learn how to...
1. Image of a baseball field in Solano County, CA, produced using the Mapbox command line interface. The goal is to tell the story of a location through its metadata or physical dimensions:
2. Image of the Valley Fire in San Diego County, Sep 2020, created with Mapbox Styles + GeoJson.io for collaboration; text added in post processing. Stock MAKI icons, line fill and thickness done using Mapbox Simple Styling in GeoJSON.io (see it on Twitter):
3. sierraclubncg.org — Public education on the proposed Harvest Hills development near Escondido, CA. Map built for the Sierra Club, North County Group using the Mapbox Static Images API. Map was provided as a URL so that proper accounting could be done.
Static maps can be animated to give the proper affect – see The Valley Fire in San Diego County for an example of enabling "location enlightenment" to propagate widespread understanding of a piece of spatial information.
How to distribute a static map — visualizing the Harvest Hills Development in San Diego County:
Make a PDF of your Mapbox map (with attribution):