Justin O'Beirne

Justin O'Beirne of San Francisco, California. Essays, projects, and contact information.

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CARTOGRAPHY COMPARISON: GOOGLE MAPS & APPLE MAPS
Though they look similar, Google Maps and Apple Maps present surprisingly different views of the world.

INTRODUCTION
PART 1: Parts of the Map
PART 2: The Map as a Whole
INTERLUDE: Google Maps’s Redesign
PART 3 (Available Soon)
PART 4
SUMMARY


2016
WHAT HAPPENED TO GOOGLE MAPS?
Surprising changes to Google Maps’s cartography.


2015
THE UNIVERSAL MAP
Cartography’s most important moment is rapidly approaching.


2010
GOOGLE MAPS & LABEL READABILITY
Why are Google Maps’s city labels more readable than those of its competitors?


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CARTOGRAPHY READING LIST
Cartography book recommendations.

2016
UBER’S NEW MAPS
Content-driven design vs. brand-driven design.

2016
FIRE ROADS
When a map has a billion users, not everyone uses it the same way.

2016
41LATITUDE ARCHIVE
The best of 41Latitude.

2011
ROADS, STREETS, & THE SMALLEST EFFECTIVE DIFFERENCE
Why do Google’s street maps seem more approachable?

2011
GOOGLE MAPS & LABEL READABILITY, PART 3
The other half of Google Maps’s superior label readability.

2011
GOOGLE DOESN’T WANT TO LEAD YOU DOWN DEAD ENDS
A thoughtful design touch.

2010
ADDITIONAL EXAMPLES OF STYLED MAPS USING GOOGLE MAPS API 3
More example map styles using Google Maps API 3.

2010
STYLED MAPS USING GOOGLE MAPS API 3
How to create custom map styles with Google Maps API 3.

2010
A BRIEF COMPARISON OF GOOGLE MAPS, BING MAPS, & YAHOO! MAPS
Cartographic design differences.


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