Author PhotoI’m back from Sydney and excited about the upcoming US Thanksgiving Holiday. Of course I’ll probably spend some of the weekend coding and making maps. If you’re like me, I think you’ll enjoy the video I have to share with you as inspiration for your work.

Yesterday, Paul Saxman did a special Maps Developer Live session Mapping with Style, where he discussed how he designed a few of his favorite map styles, and shared a few of his tools and techniques for designing maps for visualizations.

Next Tuesday at 10 am Pacific Time, Brendan Kenny and I will be doing the first installment of Google Maps Garage, where we discuss practical aspects of developing Google Maps applications. In this episode, we will delve into common mistakes people make in developing Maps applications.

Finally, I should note for our French Maps fans that we added France to the Traffic Layer in the Maps API.

To see if traffic is available in your country, you can check our Maps coverage spreadsheet.

Posted by Mano Marks, Maps Developer Relations team