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.

Butterfly Projections

“Experiment with an orange.” Visualisation of octants from Cahill‘s paper
“Map with four lobes” by Bernard J. S. Cahill

Tech and Tools

Depth and Data


Typography of Swisstopo maps
Detail of our world map. Note the different typographic styles.
IBM Plex Serif, Extralight Italic and Sans Regular


The butterfly map is now on permanent display at the Urban Complexity Lab in Potsdam!

Final Words

Professor for Interaction Design at FH Potsdam, co-director of Urban Complexity Lab | |

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