Friday, October 08, 2010

Styled Maps Overview

Styled Maps Using Google Maps API Version 3

41Latitude has produced some great examples of the map styles that you can create in Google Maps with the new Styled Maps feature. Each of the examples is accompanied by some suggestions of how the styles could be used and the JSON code that you can use to create the style.

The styles created include 'Buildings' (example in the pic above), 'Inverted Maps', 'Grayscale' and many, many more. If you are looking to customise the look of your created maps this is a great place to get some inspiration (and the JSON code).

If you want some more ideas about how to customise your maps then the Google Geo-Developers Blog post Five Great Styled Maps Examples
is also a great resource. The article includes seven (not five!) Google Maps applications that use Styled Maps to create an individual look. Here are the seven websites:

London at Night


Athens Taxi Cost Calculator


Google 2010 Election Ratings Map


Ubilabs’ Tour de France live tracker


Aquila Shoes Store Locator


Maps Without Maps


Team Coco Blimp Tracker


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