Maps In Modern Web Design: Showcase and Examples – Smashing Magazine
April 7, 2010
When most people think of maps on the Internet, Google, MapQuest and TomTom might come to mind. These are the giants in the industry, but they are far from the most creative. These companies provide maps as a service. As you’ll see from the mapping applications featured throughout this article, Google doesn’t own the market. There is still plenty of room for creative map innovation. This isn’t a lesson in cartography, but understanding the purposes that maps can serve in modern Web design is important.
Three main areas seem to represent the majority of tasks:
1. Navigation and directions, 2. Show relationships and trends geographically, 3. Show points of interest.