View Full Version : Best style for borders?

04-25-2014, 08:17 PM
What does everyone think the best border style is? (I'm referring to a border over the entire map, not just between political entities)

04-25-2014, 08:51 PM
I have always favored clean solid borders for maps. I have seen some very nice lace borders on pee-colonal maps that was interesting.


04-26-2014, 04:36 AM
Depends entirely on the style of the map. For pure fantasy or sci-fi maps with small historic relevance, something that connects to the setting is usually a good choice, like dwarven or elven runes, some pattern that could be drawn by one of the cultures in the area, etc. It should probably be kept as simple as possible though, to not distract from the map itself. If you're making something history-based, the best way is to look at real maps from the period and draw something inspired by that (or even download a map and use the very same border, if the copyright for the chosen map has expired). For modern maps, I think something extremely simple looks best; a single or double line in the same color as the graticule, for example.

04-26-2014, 05:44 AM
Good stuff. I've noticed that black and white borders seem to be very popular as well; that probably correlates with what you said about the border not distracting the viewer from the map itself.

- Max -
05-10-2014, 02:35 PM
Indeed, whatever the border style and its complexity you choose, the most important is the balancing with the map to not distract from the map itself. Sometimes the border can even contain some useful elements for the map, like heraldry, mini-drawings of creatures or inhabitants, major cultural/religious symbol etc.

05-13-2014, 04:27 PM
Something simple and straightforward for the border itself is probably best, for obvious reasons. However I am a fan of those early modern maps with all sorts of stuff arranged outside the map itself. A fairly common one seems to have been portraits of "typical" people from various regions on the map, and drawings of major cities along the top. It doesn't distract from the map itself as much as you might think, either. Even something completely over-the-top like Petro Plancio's map (http://www.raremaps.com/maps/medium/22172.jpg) has a reasonable example of the two combined, although perhaps the ratio of illustration:map is a bit out. There's a good strong border around the map itself with latitude markings, and then lots of interesting stuff to look at around the edge.

05-18-2014, 05:25 AM
That's a fantastic map (Petro Plancio`s)!