Mapbox Studio Classic (a piece map design software)
As an avid map lover, I was delighted to design an interactive map style for JACE.design, which specializes in "choose a place, any place, and we'll print your map to create a literally one-of-a-kind gift" products.
The map style had to work for every street, circle, and rue de la whatever-you-please in the world, in addition to more macroscopic zoom levels such as city views or county views. The style had to impress lovers of landlocked cities like Denver, Colorado in the U.S. as well as port cities Hamburg, Germany alike, and that agricultural areas like West Des Moines, Iowa shouldn't be forgotten.
To give myself some constraints, and inspired by the wood that the maps will be printed on, I looked through my art history book and took inspiration from Japanese woodblock prints. Water was represented by a wave pattern, reminiscent of Hokkusai's "The Great Wave" and buildings featured a gradation with transparency that was commonly found in the prints.
Then commenced the tweaking: road thicknesses, opacities, contrast—did they work for different zoom levels? Since I was doing the map design with a program called Mapbox Studio Classic, all of the adjustments were done in CartoCSS, which is similar to CSS, but targets map classes such as "road" or "motorway_link". This involves plenty of back-and-forth checking of whether a road thickness that flatters one city would clump up the streets of another.
Here are some maps featuring different cities around the world!
For the interactive style, see **bit.ly**.