Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Improvements to POI rendering on Google Maps

I was looking over some of our map tiles from last year, and thought it would be interesting to show how we have improved the rendering of points of interest (POIs). There are a whole bunch of subtle changes to the icons, placement, and visual style that we implemented, resulting in a map that's much more useful and easier to read. Things to notice:

- Better POI placement, with icons aligned with roads & labels avoiding roads
- More road names shown, due to less label collision
- Clearer distinction between different data types (building numbers, roads, POIs)
- Better choice of icons for POIs

(On the left are the tiles from last year, on the right are the current ones):

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