Designing Icons for Web Cartography

MapBox just keeps giving and giving! If you haven’t started using Maki yet, you’ll want to get on that bandwagon ASAP. Even the nounproject is getting on board.

Maps are capable of powerfully communicating ideas, clearly visualizing complex data, and adding context to a stories, whether you’re mapping humanitarian crisis in Africa or providing directions to the nearest café. As a designer with MapBox, I’ve been working on and off over the last few months on Maki, an open source icon set made especially for cartography and based on the points-of-interest used in OpenStreetMap. In cartography, points-of-interest include things like restaurants, bus stations, and schools. Maki will eventually grow to include icons for pretty much anything you might want to mark on a map.

This is a clear example of why an open collaborative design process will always win over closed minded dictatorships.

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  • counterblow

    so in other words…a cross between Google Maps icons and Metro UI design language.  should look pretty good on a future Windows 8 app.

    • http://www.spatiallyadjusted.com/ James Fee

      Probably, but why think so small?  It would look good in ANY future app, web or otherwise.

      • counterblow

        never really thought of Windows as small.  And Metro apps in 8 are essentially HTML5 anyways.

        • http://www.spatiallyadjusted.com/ James Fee

          How many users of Windows 8 are there right now?   Never limit yourself to a platform, iOS, Android, OS X or Windows. 

  • counterblow

    so in other words…a cross between Google Maps icons and Metro UI design language.  should look pretty good on a future Windows 8 app.

    • http://www.spatiallyadjusted.com/ James Fee

      Probably, but why think so small?  It would look good in ANY future app, web or otherwise.

      • counterblow

        never really thought of Windows as small.  And Metro apps in 8 are essentially HTML5 anyways.

        • http://www.spatiallyadjusted.com/ James Fee

          How many users of Windows 8 are there right now?   Never limit yourself to a platform, iOS, Android, OS X or Windows. 

  • samanbb

    Thanks for the write up! We’re serious about open and collaborative. If anyone has ideas for improving Maki, please, let us know: https://github.com/mapbox/maki/issues

  • samanbb

    Thanks for the write up! We’re serious about open and collaborative. If anyone has ideas for improving Maki, please, let us know: https://github.com/mapbox/maki/issues

  • samanbb

    Thanks for the write up! We’re serious about open and collaborative. If anyone has ideas for improving Maki, please, let us know: https://github.com/mapbox/maki/issues