View Full Version : Symbols for cities, capitals, etc.

03-15-2012, 02:21 AM

sorry if this has been already said somewhere, but I did some quick searches and couldn't find anything.

Is there somewhere some good set of symbols to use for cities, capitals and the like? I mean that kind of "star inside a circle" symbols. I could make my own, but I'd like to know first what is what the pros are using :-)

Thanks in advance.

03-15-2012, 07:33 AM
If you are on windows, check the the charmap application which allows you to select a font and see all of the "letters" in it. Wingdings has many items that could be used for village, town, city type symbols(but no star in a circle as far as I know.)

Mark Oliva
03-16-2012, 01:21 AM
You probably ought to try this first:


If that doesn't work, take it out of the first posting here:


And also check this out:


03-16-2012, 02:36 AM
Id say the pros make their own and add them to their tool bag to pull back out if another occasion arises for them to be used. If you can, I say make your own. It gives your map a uniqueness that will help it stand out from the rest. either way i hope you find what you need :)

03-16-2012, 02:39 AM
There isn't really any particular standard that I'm aware of for city point symbology. It's generally a dot or dot within a dot for a city, with the size often relating to the size or importance of the city. Capitals often have a star, star on a dot, dot on a star, or something like that.

There are plenty of other options like varying the label. A double underline for a national capital and a single underline for a regional capital for instance.

Use whatever provides the clearest and easiest to read result for your map and the particular information you want to convey with it.

03-16-2012, 10:51 AM
I Guess a good question is, are you doing Modern or Fantasy?

Fantasy cities are usually represented by the following:


Even though I use CC3, I tend to make my own City Symbols with just Circles and Stars.

03-17-2012, 05:57 PM
Bullet Balls is a good font for this purpose.


-Rob A>

03-18-2012, 06:29 AM
Thanks for all, folks. What you've posted is great stuff, and I've found a few other places on the net with symbols alike. Thanks!