How to Make a Beautiful Map

We love maps. So Fabian Ehmel and I made a beautiful butterfly world map just using open source tools and public data.

Boris Müller
Apr 9, 2019 · 9 min read
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“Experiment with an orange.” Visualisation of octants from Cahill‘s paper
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“Map with four lobes” by Bernard J. S. Cahill
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Typography of Swisstopo maps
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Detail of our world map. Note the different typographic styles.
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IBM Plex Serif, Extralight Italic and Sans Regular
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The butterfly map is now on permanent display at the Urban Complexity Lab in Potsdam!

Boris Müller

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Professor for Interaction Design at FH Potsdam, co-director of Urban Complexity Lab | http://uclab.fh-potsdam.de | http://esono.com

Boris Müller

Written by

Professor for Interaction Design at FH Potsdam, co-director of Urban Complexity Lab | http://uclab.fh-potsdam.de | http://esono.com

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