A map fold is similar to a poster fold. Map folds are created to convert a large sheet into a compact manageable size. They typically end up with many panels and most often have a vertical format (in other words, the height is greater than the width.)

map folds or poster folds

Illustration courtesy of Fold Factory.

Map folds can use various combinations of accordion, parallel, roll, and gate folds.

Map folds, as the name implies, are often used for tourist and travel maps, hiking maps, and other types of information-heavy print materials that need to be compact and portable.

Map folds can be complicated. So it’s especially important to discuss layout, design, paper, and folding from the beginning of the project.

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