All over the globe, web developers and designers were tired of implementing Google Maps with standardized styles. The maps rarely matched the rest of the site’s design, sticking out like a sore thumb. However, a little known fact: Google Maps can actually be styled!
Google released a relatively unknown feature that allowed their maps to be styled by developers and designers. When we noticed many were unaware of this feature, we decided to create a community for developers to share their own styles for Google Maps.
We created a website to showcase and share map styles with the development community. All styles are licensed under creative commons and are free to use. The best part: developers can use the style builder to create and submit their own map styles for display.
— Paul, Google Maps API Developer