Due to a longer stay in Tokyo I was searching for a nice map, on which I can manually record my explorations and places I want to remember.
I figured out pretty fast that all available maps are either too small or too confusing, or both. So I made my own. With help of the program Tilemill by mapbox.com and data from geofabrik.de and other sites I started creating the map. A couple tutorials and forums later I got a satisfying result. The best part is that Tilemill can export without any limits to the file size. I made a DIN A0 poster with more than 300dpi. I have to admit that the map doesn’t have a scale, but that doesn’t matter to me. For 30€ I printed the result and now have a beautiful base for my recordings.
Feel free to contact me for the map in original size or questions about Tilemill. I’m not a pro, but I figured out some problems on my own.
Tilemill is a great tool to create maps. The crash course offered by mapbox.com is good to get started. It really took me only a couple of hours to get the basic functions to create my map.
Here are some sites to get the needed shapefiles:
http://download.geofabrik.de | very well structured files for all regions around the world and always up to date
http://openstreetmapdata.com/data | detailed coast lines
http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Shapefiles | some information from osm wiki
Author: Adrian Steckeweh
I’m a student in architecture. Worked in Aachen, Berlin and Johannesburg.