Illustrated maps are typically designed by using small icons, images or graphics to depict landforms, buildings, people and objects. But some mapmakers choose instead to use only type, and color. Such maps can be an extra challenge to create, as the individual words and letters often need to be turned, tilted, warped or otherwise manipulated to fit the shape of towns, states, counties and entire countries. The artist may use a single typeface or a mix of various fonts. The effect is intriguing and visually eye-catching!