This week Google Maps Mania featured some great maps, so it has been difficult to resist the urge to just list them all. The two sites that I have picked are both great examples of how the Google Maps API can be used creatively as a presentation and marketing tool.
Which is kind of a roundabout way to say the my maps of the week this week aren't even maps.
The Production Kitchen
has created a very unique Google Maps based landing page, breaking new
ground in its use of custom map tiles. Whilst the use of hand-drawn
custom map tiles might not be new The Production Kitchen's animated map
tiles are an innovation that really takes the Google Maps API to another
The map itself is a numbered guide to creating the perfect cake. Each
stage to the perfect cake has its own little animation. Stage number
nine includes a little game in which you can toss a ball of dough
between two spoons.
The hand-drawn design of the map even extends to the map controls, with
hand-drawn pan and zoom controls. The map side bar ('Quick Jump')
includes handwritten numbered links that instantly pan the map to the
different stages in creating your perfect cake.
Every year PNC Bank shows the current cost of each of the gifts
mentioned in the song The Twelve Days of Christmas and compares the cost
to previous years. This year the PNC Christmas Price Index has created a
fun Google Maps Street View game to explore the current cost of the
The game takes the user on a journey around the world using Street View.
For example, to find out the cost of two French doves you need to visit
the Eiffel Tower on Street View and find and feed two hungry birds. Complete the puzzle and this year's price of two French doves is revealed.
And in case you missed my round-up of the best maps of the year:
The Google Maps of the Year - Part One
The Google Maps of the Year - Part Two