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We All Live in a Watercolor With These New OpenStreetMap Skins

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Google Maps is mighty useful, but not everybody's a fan—including Apple, who seem to be ditching it. But OpenStreetMap isn't the nicest looking thing, and let's not discuss Bing. This new OpenStreetMap skin, however, is hands down the best looking digital map I've ever seen.

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Produced by Stamen Design, these overlays turn the basic OpenStreetMap data into something from the inside of an explorer's sketchbook. They evoke a sense of the journey—something any good map should do—in a way I've never witnessed digitally before.

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The best part is that they're freely available to use under Creative Commons license—so anybody can use them and incorporate them into their website. Incredible. Also, if watercolors aren't your bag, Stamen Design has also put together a high-contrast black and white map called Toner, and a more conventional Terrain skin for those who don't like change. [Stamen Design via Jason Santa Maria via The Verge]

Illustration for article titled We All Live in a Watercolor With These New OpenStreetMap Skins
Illustration for article titled We All Live in a Watercolor With These New OpenStreetMap Skins
Illustration for article titled We All Live in a Watercolor With These New OpenStreetMap Skins
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these maps look like kids coloring books. i'd be much more concerned with accuracy and detail than wonky technicolors....

and whats wrong with Bing??! you sound like one of those people that hates anything solely because it was put out by microsoft. i seem to use google maps as a default out of habit, but way more often than not bing's satellite views are much higher resolution and much nicer looking, and birds eye view is amazing.