how can make a vector version of this so i can animate in AE?
is there a way to make a mask of different countries, and input a bunch of words, and have a plugin arrange the words to fit the mask without cutting of the words? i need in vector for print as well.
You can use Adobe Illustrator to create text boxes and edit their shape to match the shapes of countries and then write words inside, but you would still need to adjust font size and kerning/tracking and thickness to achieve the look in the still you posted. My guess is that it was all done by hand, no plugin involved. To animate you would need to change text to outlines, split the words on individual layers and import the AI in AE.