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Designing a Global Map

This whole Core77 article about the design of Google Maps is pretty excellent. It’s a great breakdown of the insane challenges of building a map of the world. Beyond everything else, though, I found this especially shocking: “In recent months we have introduced a few more regional changes to our color palette adding 3D building shadows to indicate local time-of-day.” 3D building shadows … Who knew? (I can’t seem to track it down myself, but it’s in the screenshots on the article.)

February 27, 2012 // This post is about: , ,

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  • Michal Migurski says:

    I think you can see those if you’re browsing with the newest WebGL-enabled versions of Chrome.

  • The Map Business | Noah Brier dot Com says:

    […] other day I wrote about what it likes to build Google Maps and this week I read that Foursquare has switched off Google’s map service (apparently […]

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