Cartographer's Toolkit

Map Making Tips, Tricks, and Inspiration

Pictorial Mapping

May 8th, 2012

Pictorial mapping–using illustration to provide place-recognition–is a niche artform. In pictorial maps, the illustrations take the place of traditional polygons, lines, points, and labels, to give the essence of the locations. Type maps and maps with flourish follow along the same vein. In the two examples shown here, note the balance of heavy, saturated color-fill with white space as well as the successful deployment of a single color (in addition to black and white) while still providing adequate excitement and interest.

These are close-ups of much larger prints available from famille summerbelle.

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