Designing the Vintage style in Mapbox Studio

What makes a vintage map look “vintage”? Printing imperfections, discolored paper, and antiquated label names all play a part. Achieving this old-timey aesthetic on a digital map was a fun challenge to take on with Mapbox Studio.

Here are a few tips for adding character to your thematic maps in Mapbox Studio.

Creating a vintage texture

Vintage maps have texture that speaks to their age and use. Many vintage maps used an Intaglio printing process that rolls ink on a metal plate (copper or zinc) that’s been etched or engraved with the design. The repeated application and removal of ink leaves behind residue adding fragments of authenticity.

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