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Google Maps gets a new look

Nov 15 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at Maps under tags  maps

The world is an ever-evolving place. And as it changes, Google Maps changes with it. As roads close, businesses open, or local events happen in your neighborhood, you’ll see it on Google Maps. When you schedule an event using Google Calendar, get a reservation confirmation in Gmail, or add a restaurant to your “Want to Go” list, Google Maps reflects that too. Now, we’re updating Google Maps with a new look that better reflects your world, right now.

First, we’ve updated the driving, navigation, transit and explore maps to better highlight the information most relevant to each experience (think gas stations for navigation, train stations for transit, and so on). We’ve also updated our color scheme and added new icons to help you quickly identify exactly what kind of point of interest you’re looking at. Places like a cafe, church, museum or hospital will have a designated color and icon, so that it’s easy to find that type of destination on the map. For example, if you’re in a new neighborhood and searching for a coffee shop, you could open the map to find the nearest orange icon (which is the color for Food & Drink spots).

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We’ve created a cheat sheet of the new colors and icons to help you get acquainted with the new look:

You’ll see these changes over the next few weeks in all Google products that incorporate Google Maps, including the Assistant, Search, Earth, and Android Auto. Over time, the new style will also appear in the apps, websites and experiences offered by companies that use Google Maps APIs as well. 

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So no matter how or where you’re using Google Maps, you’ll have the same consistent experience.


Google Maps gets a new look

Nov 15 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at Maps under tags  maps

The world is an ever-evolving place. And as it changes, Google Maps changes with it. As roads close, businesses open, or local events happen in your neighborhood, you’ll see it on Google Maps. When you schedule an event using Google Calendar, get a reservation confirmation in Gmail, or add a restaurant to your “Want to Go” list, Google Maps reflects that too. Now, we’re updating Google Maps with a new look that better reflects your world, right now.

First, we’ve updated the driving, navigation, transit and explore maps to better highlight the information most relevant to each experience (think gas stations for navigation, train stations for transit, and so on). We’ve also updated our color scheme and added new icons to help you quickly identify exactly what kind of point of interest you’re looking at. Places like a cafe, church, museum or hospital will have a designated color and icon, so that it’s easy to find that type of destination on the map. For example, if you’re in a new neighborhood and searching for a coffee shop, you could open the map to find the nearest orange icon (which is the color for Food & Drink spots).

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We’ve created a cheat sheet of the new colors and icons to help you get acquainted with the new look:

You’ll see these changes over the next few weeks in all Google products that incorporate Google Maps, including the Assistant, Search, Earth, and Android Auto. Over time, the new style will also appear in the apps, websites and experiences offered by companies that use Google Maps APIs as well. 

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So no matter how or where you’re using Google Maps, you’ll have the same consistent experience.


What’s Coming for ArcGIS Pro 2.1

Nov 15 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at ArcGIS Blog under tags  arcgis pro

ArcGIS Pro 2.1, the next release of Esri’s flagship 64-bit desktop GIS application, is almost here. ArcGIS Pro 2.1 continues Esri’s mission to provide new and user-requested functionality, the latest innovations for working with 2D and 3D spatial data, tools … Continue reading


A New Kind of Conversation

Nov 15 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at ArcGIS Blog under tags  esri press scott morehouse the arcgis book uncategorized

Maps and geographic science provide a platform for bringing people together  By Scott Morehouse. People are visual learners and seem to be instinctively attracted to maps. Maps help us instantly perceive patterns, relationships, and situations. They not only organize and … Continue reading


Fantasy Maps as Memory Palace

Nov 15 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at The Map Room under tags  fantasy maps maps and literature

On Obsidian Wings, a post on why I need maps in fantasy novels: “Two books I recently read made me realize that I don’t just like maps, they’re part of how my mind works. For me, a map is a type of memory palace, linking up all kinds of information for easy retrieval. Without one, … Continue reading "Fantasy Maps as Memory Palace"


Cartografías de lo desconocido

Nov 15 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at The Map Room under tags  antique maps bne exhibitions libraries madrid

Cartografías de lo desconocido (Cartographies of the Unknown; Google Translate) an exhibition of some two hundred maps and related pieces at the Biblioteca Nacional de España in Madrid. Cartografías de lo desconocido persigue dos objetivos. Primero, hacer que el espectador se fije más en el mapa y menos en el territorio, pues sucede a menudo … Continue reading "Cartografías de lo desconocido"


GIS Day 2017 is for Everyone

Nov 15 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at GISCafe Voice under tags  3d cities 3d designs 3d pdf arcgis big data

Dr. Joseph Kerski, Ph.D., GISP, Education Manager for Esri, spoke with GISCafe Voice about GIS Day events and his trip to University of Central Florida (UCF) to participate in GIS Day 2017 there. Coordinating the UCF event is Dr. Timothy Hawthorne, Assistant Professor of Geographic Information Systems, Principal Investigator, NSF Citizen Science GIS REU Site for […]


Empowered by Reality – Reflections on the Climate Reality Project

Nov 15 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at Articles – FracTracker Alliance under tags  articles climate change climate reality project environment international

In October, Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project invigorated Pittsburgh like an autumn breeze. Never before had 1,400 people assembled in the region for the shared purpose of solving the climate crisis. The ground almost shook from the positive energy. It was induced seismicity of a better kind. About the Climate Reality Project The event occupied […]

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History of Britain in Maps

Nov 15 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at The Map Room under tags  antique maps books uk

Philip Parker’s History of Britain in Maps (HarperCollins) includes 100 maps covering the island’s entire history, from Matthew Paris and the Gough Map to maps of the EU referendum results. Out now in the U.K.; according to Amazon it’ll be in stock in Canada in December and in the U.S. next February. [Amazon]


Map Books of 2017 Updated

Nov 15 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at The Map Room under tags  books housekeeping

I’ve finally updated the Map Books of 2017 page to account for all the books that were brought to my attention over the past few months. Later this month it’ll be time for me to post the 2017 edition of The Map Room’s Holiday Gift Guide. Each year I put out a list of some of … Continue reading "Map Books of 2017 Updated"


The perfect storm called artificial intelligence and geospatial big data

Nov 14 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at Geoawesomeness under tags  artificial intelligence descartes labs digitalglobe facebook featured

On April 20, 2010, when BP’s deep-water drilling rig Deepwater Horizon exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, the oil giant claimed that the spill was just 1,000 barrels per day. A small non-profit in West Virginia, SkyTruth, studied the satellite observations of the oil slick, cataloged its computations, and concluded that the spill was at […]

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Maps Without New Zealand

Nov 14 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at The Map Room under tags  map errors new zealand

New Zealand is left off world maps so often that there’s a Reddit group about it. BBC News has picked up the story. [Peter Mellow]


Cartographers in the Field

Nov 14 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at The Map Room under tags  art painting paintings usgs

Cartographers in the Field: “This Depression-era oil painting was created by USGS field man Hal Shelton in 1940. The painting depicts mapping techniques used in the early days of cartography, including an alidade and stadia rod for determining distances and elevations and a plane-table for sketching contour lines. A USGS benchmark is visible near the top. … Continue reading "Cartographers in the Field"


An Online Class on Fantasy Maps

Nov 14 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at The Map Room under tags  fantasy map design fantasy maps maps and literature

Alex Acks and Paul Weimer are teaching an online class on creating fantasy maps: Join Alex Acks and Paul Weimer as they talk about fantasy maps in order to give you the tools you need to create and map your world. Topics include basic geologic principles, common mistakes, forms maps can take, how maps reflect … Continue reading "An Online Class on Fantasy Maps"


Mapping the Borders

Nov 14 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at The Map Room under tags  art events exhibitions lectures uk

Mapping the Borders, a series of talks, exhibitions and workshops hosted by the University of Sunderland from 18 to 25 November as part of this year’s Being Human festival, includes an art exhibition, a workshop on glass mapmaking, a full day of activities on the 19th, and a number of pop-up talks. [NLS]



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