FAQ

  • What will we talk about in the complimentary 30-minute discovery session?

I want to learn about your business and your goals for this project. Once we know the purpose of the map I’ll ask you more detailed questions about the content and style you want. You can ask me any questions you have, and I'll provide a ballpark estimate of the cost.  If we decide to work together I’ll prepare a design brief and proposal at your request.

  • Where does the map data come from?

I use free open source data whenever possible. These can include OpenStreetMap data, which is crowd-sourced, or government OpenData. Both sources must be cited on the map to abide by copyright laws.

A source for larger areas at the world or country-level is Natural Earth. It's built by many volunteers as a public domain data source.

  • Is the data accurate?

It depends on the quality of data collection. OpenStreetMap data is usually more accurate if there are a lot of contributors in that area. OpenData is usually accurate because it's based on surveys and high-resolution imagery.

  • How long does it take to make a map?

It depends on the map. A simple locator map with few details can take a few days. A very detailed map, such as a full street map or cycling map, can take 6-8 weeks. I will give you a timeline on our call.

  • Why do I need a print map? Why not use Google Maps?

Often an embedded map from Google or OpenStreetMap may be what you need. But a custom map shows only what you want to show. You can add information and you can omit what's not important for your purposes.

  • How much does a custom map cost?

I don’t offer set package pricing because every project is different, but can provide a ballpark idea of the cost after our initial 30-minute phone consultation. It’s important to talk with you to learn more about your project: your objectives, schedule, map content and style.