We've just launched a new, cleaner UI for Google Maps, as part of a larger redesign of all Google properties. After all the effort we've put into making the map itself cleaner and more efficient, it's time to give the UI outside the map the same attention.
Here's how the UI looked after we underwent the last redesign in 2008:
And here's the new UI for 2011:
More details and examples can be found on the Google Lat Long blog, and for more information on the Google-wide redesign, the Official Google blog.