Self-printing a wall-sized world map

Posted to Maps  |  Nathan Yau

Dominik Schwarz wanted a big world map. A really big one that covered his entire wall in high detail.

You can get great world maps up to around 1,50m (~59 inches) width. However, this size seems to be a tipping point. From here on the bigger the maps get, the less detailed they are. And it makes sense. Such big maps are normally used in classrooms and even the people in the last row should see the large printed city names.

But that’s not what I wanted. Not at all. I envisioned a gigantic poster that would show the smallest villages, the most detailed coast lines and the highest level of information density possible.

He outlined his process from grabbing the data to printing to final mount.

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