We All Live in a Watercolour With These New OpenStreetMap Skins

By Kyle Wagner on at

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

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.

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 watercolours 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]