Design: Typographic World Map

by Max on August 22, 2009

Here’s another cool project from my Design vaults: the typographic world map!

I started this project initially in late 2002, with the intentions to mark each world nation with its national flag, few iterations later and I thought “wouldn’t it be cool to have their actual names displayed instead?”

Bingo! I spent a couple of weeks working on this project as a detailing and large format design exercise. The original vector file contains every United Nations recognized nation, some 192 countries altogether. Heck, even the Vatican City made it!

Fast forward today, I was checking some of my old projects and found this slightly outdated gem, and decide to clean it up, add the newly recognized nations up to date (Hello Montenegro!) and share it with the world. Once the original vector file was updated, I dropped it in Photoshop, applied a couple of filters and touch-ups, then voila: four eye-catching, and dare say useful, desktop wallpapers!

Plus, you can download the original Illustrator vector fileย andย all four wallpapers in a whopping 10178 x 4667 resolution JPGs in a compressed WinRAR file (88 Mbs).

Note: For commercial use, contact me directly: sigoya [at] gmail [.] com

For non-commercial project, make sure to credit me with aย back-link. Cheers!

Tools used: Freehand, Illustrator & Photoshop.

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dan September 28, 2009 at 8:51 pm

Hey man, i really dig this. Gonna take a crack at a version myself, ill let ya know what i come up with.


Max Taha September 28, 2009 at 8:55 pm


Looking forward to see your creations ๐Ÿ™‚


Abdul Rehman April 13, 2010 at 1:17 am

Hi There,

I need to use your Typographic World Map on some commercial Material(Denim Trend book) by modifying a little bit. Trend Book will be printed in about 30-40 in quantity.

Can i use it??
Waiting for your reply!



Max April 13, 2010 at 1:30 am

Hey Abdul,

For commercial and derivative use, please include the following attribution within the printed material: “Max Taha |”

I’m interested in seeing the final print!



Leni July 22, 2010 at 10:51 am

Hey there,

I’d love to use your world map as the header for my blog…is that ok for you?


Max July 22, 2010 at 2:03 pm

Hey Leni,

Sure, go ahead. Can you share your blog address with us? ๐Ÿ™‚

Cheers, Max


Leni July 24, 2010 at 10:49 am

thanx! can u send me your mail address and i’m gonna send u the blog link as soon as i finished the new design?


Max July 24, 2010 at 6:14 pm

Pass it to: hello (at) sigoya (dot) com!

Cheers, Max


Immanuel October 24, 2010 at 4:58 pm

Hi Max,
No offense but this looks way too much like Vladstudio’s design at

Im curious to know who inspired whom?


Max October 24, 2010 at 5:04 pm

It is quite close, except that my version was created close to a decade ago for a school project and is detail-oriented rather than stylistic.

I guess creative minds think alike ๐Ÿ™‚


Bezaleel Fang January 4, 2011 at 1:38 am

We like to use your world map design in Annual report of TaiwanICDF, but still on proposal, when customer approval our design, we will tell you again.

Can I use it ? shall we pay any fee for you? Waiting for your reply!


From INNO design
Bezaleel Fang


Max January 4, 2011 at 1:58 am

Bezaleel, commercial use requires a license with a small fee. Email me for details. Cheers!


Sav September 6, 2011 at 8:21 pm

Max, I just wanted to know if I could blow this up poster size just to hang in my living room… ๐Ÿ™‚



Max September 6, 2011 at 8:39 pm

Sav, go ahead, post a photo of your wall once it’s up there ๐Ÿ™‚


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Nico Veldscholten April 27, 2016 at 12:34 pm

Hi Max,

I found an interesting illustrator vector file on your site;, and then especially the sepia file of the worldmaps. I downloaded the RAR-file, but just the sepia could not be opened. I can open the other three.
Is it possible to send me the worldmap in sepia? Or can I download it somewhere?
I would be grateful if you would?

Nico Veldscholten from the Netherlands


Max April 27, 2016 at 1:52 pm

Hey Nico,

Looks like the host corrupted the file.

I’ll have to dig up the original Photoshop render later this week and reupload it.



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