Albert Sun of the Wall Street Journal takes us behind the scenes in the creation of a recent news graphic titled: "Going the Distance: Comparing Marathons" powered by Google Maps API.
"To help people see this better, we decided to compare the San Francisco marathon to the big three US marathons: Boston, New York and Chicago. Styled Maps let us give the map more of a distinctive WSJ look. Styled Maps lets us get close enough for what we're trying to show. When Styled Maps first becomes available we used the Styled Map Wizard to create a set of different looks for different types of maps, trying to recreate our own maps style.