At 41Latitude, Justin O'Beirne writes on "ideas about maps, technology, and usability" - and really dives deep into his explorations. A recent series of posts investigate why Google Maps just seem to be easier to read than other online maps. The series begins with a wonderful quote from Edward Tufte: Clutter is not an attribute of information, clutter is a failure of design. O'Beirne goes on to detail, bit by bit, how Google addresses the problem of presenting map information without feeling cluttered - and without stripping detail. If you're a design nerd, or a maps nerd, or an information nerd - heck, any kind of nerd will probably do - it may be worth an in-depth read!