New Cartographic Design for Google Maps


Google Maps’ LatLong Blog explains the new visual changes to be found on Google Maps.

As the first major overhaul of Google’s cartographic design since the launch of Google Maps, changes have been made to road widths, fonts and color.  The cartographic changes were made for both the ‘Map’ and ‘Hybrid’ mapping options with the purpose of improving legibility and reducing visual clutter arising from overlaying other data sets such as traffic and transit information.



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