Maps In Modern Web Design: Showcase and Examples – Smashing Magazine

Link: Maps In Modern Web Design: Showcase and Examples – Smashing Magazine

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.

"Google Maps for the Indoors"

Link: “Google Maps for the Indoors”

Micello, one of the more exciting startups to debut at the most recent DEMO conference, is a mobile mapping solution that is basically “Google Maps for the indoors.” Where traditional mapping services show everything in the world outside, Micello’s goal is to map the world’s inside spaces – places like shopping malls, convention centers, retail stores, airports, college campuses, and more. Today, the company is launching its service by way of a mobile application for the iPhone and iPod Touch.

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