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2011

Good Design Award

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Award-winning item
Maps [Google Maps Japan]
Business Owner
Google Inc.
Category
Interface design
Company
Google Inc. (Japan)
Award Number
11G13011
Outline of Good Design Award winners
Outline of Good Design Award winners 2011

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Outline

The Google Japan map tile design is intended to provide users with a readable, beautiful map that also helps people quickly find the geographic information they seek. The design has the goal of providing more relevant information to users, while at the same time making the map clearer and visually easier to read. We refined the visual language used to present multi-faceted information on the map, and also defined the typography, colors, iconography, and line elements to reflect the needs of both local and international users.

Producer

Google Inc.

Director

Google UX Team

Designer

Lead Designer: Bailiang Zhou; Designer: Jonah Jones, Patrick Hofmann; Design Researcher: Judy Shade; Engineer: Hiroshi Takanake, Sean Egan; PM: Kei Kawai; Design Manager: Margaret Lee, Hsun Tang

More information

http://maps.google.co.jp/

Already on the market
2010/11/10

Evaluation

Google Maps are already widely used and once again we were highly impressed by the way this latest version combines functionality and usability and takes them into a higher dimension.Based on the Web 2.0 standard, its interface design has a feeling of continuity and ease of operation that draws a line under all previous Internet mapping services. Other improvements include place-name displays that change smoothly according to the screen resolution, as well as a range of integrated information guides and services.

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