Don’t clutter your map
To make an effective basemap, be mindful of the map information included at each scale. Find a balance between detail and clutter.
A basemap’s job is to be an effective backdrop for your data. A good basemap provides critical reference information to enhance your map and lets overlain layers play the lead role in telling the story. This collection of basemaps does just that, using Ordnance Survey OpenData from Great Britain. We love the deliberate changes as you zoom into the map. Details adjust to map scale thereby avoiding clutter and ensuring minimal disruption.
Instead of trying to make a single basemap that performs adequately in all situations, this mapmaker offers five unique basemaps. Each basemap can serve as a backdrop, depending on what story you want your data to tell. This basemap collection works because it suits many map endeavours—whether you need to highlight geography, present thematic data in bright colours, overlay critical content or present all raster map datasets.
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