It’s kinda slow. (For the record: I’m using Safari on a dual-core i7 MacMini with dual SATAIII SSDs in a striped array and 16GB of memory, and my internet bandwidth is above-average.)
The interface has a clean/simple yet beautiful design. The map itself dominates the entire screen, which I suppose is how it should be.
By minimizing the presence of the user interface, there are less buttons and entry fields, which means it’s harder to use if you’re unfamiliar. It makes me wonder if the Maps team hasn’t over-minimalized to the point where it isn’t obvious to users how they should interact with the service.
Thankfully, the “tour” that introduces you to the new product does a decent job of inducting users into the new interface paradigm. (I’m not sure that’s a good thing. To add a twist to a Jobs-ism: If it needs a user interface “tour” then it’s not intuitive enough. Not sure if that’s the case here, but it could be.)
I’ve been privileged to serve as the webmaster/tech-guru on the project. Working with the team behind BMR — notably the co-directors and their colleagues at HUC-JIR/RHSOE/ECE and the URJ — has been an amazingly fulfilling and insightful experience. I’m thankful to Isa for giving me the opportunity.
Check the site out. I’m incredibly proud of it (though, truth be told, a lot of the conceptualization and tweaking came from the entire team).