2014. Built using TileMill. Data from OpenStreetMap and the District of Columbia Data Portal compiled using QGIS. Scanned textures prepared using Photoshop.
This is a basemap I built in TileMill for a real-estate development analysis tool by Create, Inc. It takes inspiration from the early plans drawn for the city of Washington, D.C. in the late 1700s, particularly those by L'Enfant and Ellicott. I approach a historic look by taking advantage of TileMill's capabilities. An old paper texture is used as a polygon pattern fill. Dark lines, used for road cases and trails, are rendered using pencil lines which I have scanned and prepared for use in TileMill using Photoshop. Rendering water polygons over the paper texture in black with a 30% opacity value applied provides an appealing ink-wash look.
Throughout the design, elements are styled to enhance legibility at each zoom level.