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Map Design

Well-designed maps use font, color, symbols, and more to help us navigate or share complex information in a simple and easy to understand format. Here you will find information on how to design maps that are accessible for everyone.

Tips for Accessible Map Design


Use color checkers for accessibility. Use colors with high contrast to make important information should stand out.


Use a minimum font size of 6-pt for print labels and a minimum of 12-pt for explanatory text.


Labels should be consistent and easy to read. Consider uniformity in orientation and placement.


Imitate the real world whenever possible. Consistently use colors and symbols that people associate with what you’re representing.

Find these tips and more when you download the Map Design Accessibility Quick Card.

Map Design Quick Card (PDF)

Map Design Resources

What to Learn Next

Static Digital Maps

Static digital maps are usually standalone graphics, such as JPGs or PDF files that are not interactive. Find information on how to create accessible static maps that everyone can read.

Interactive Web Maps

Interactive web maps allow you to interact with maps using a mouse, keyboard, voice, and more. Find information on how to make your maps accessible so everyone can interact with them.

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