18 of the Best Mapping Tips & Tutorials in May 2021

Ruanna Owens
Jun 2, 2021 • Last edit on Sep 20, 20225 min read

We had a marvelous May here at TomTom Developers, and another month filled with tutorials and resources on all things mapping. From using merged styles, mapping Star Wars filming locations, or meeting another one of our mapmakers, we hope there’s something for everyone. In light of mental health awareness month, we also enjoyed finding and sharing some additional resources on topics from motivation to burnout to diversity in tech.

Check out our content from May and catch up on anything you may have missed!

TomTom Developer Blogs

Mapping Star Wars locations for May the 4th

We started off the month finding a way to make a fun mapping project about Star Wars, in honor of May the 4th (be with you). We used the TomTom Map Styler along with fuzzy search, tilt and rotation, and popups to map Star Wars filming locations. Check it out here.

5 Ways to Create a Unique Mapping Experience

Learn five easy and fun ways to customize your map, from styles and colors to POIs and map markers.

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Using Merged Styles in TomTom Maps

With the release of TomTom Maps SDK for Web v6, you can now edit base map styles and traffic layer styles. In this tutorial, learn how to create a map with multiple layers and customize the look for each layer.

Exploring Detailed POI Data with the TomTom Search API

Discover how to use the POI Details API to create a simple website that highlights different pizza shops around Seattle, with just a little JavaScript.

TomTom Mapmakers: Jose Jose Rojas, Developer Advocate

For the fourth installment of our Mapmakers series, we spoke with eclectic software developer turned developer advocate (and our resident YouTuber) Jose Jose Rojas. Learn about his travels, career journey, advice to devs, and thoughts on the future of mapping.

TomTom Developers YouTube Tutorials

How to Get a Free API Key

Jose walks us through getting your own free API key on our Developer Portal with step-by-step instructions. Start building your own maps applications today!

Taxi drivers and the Fastest Route with Jupyter Notebook and the TomTom Maps APIs

In this demo, Olivia gets driving data from a taxi driver and recalculates the routes using our Maps APIs to check for deviations on the taken routes. Check it out here!


ESRI Italy

On May 13, Chiara Angiolini spoke at ESRI Italia on speed profiles and the power of TomTom predictive live speeds. You can learn more about the event here.

Autonomy Digital

On May 19, Product Marketing Manager Anna Borbotko spoke at Autonomy Digital 2.0 on on-demand mobility and building a reliable and transparent experience. You can read more about the event here.

Forum Findings

Our Developer Forum is a great place to get support when you’re stuck on a project or get inspiration for a new one. Here are some of our most popular questions and answers from the forum this month.

Even More Resources

Here are a few more resources we stumbled across, loved, and shared this month:


Stay Connected

Do you have a blog or project you’d like to share with the TomTom Developers community to be featured in an upcoming monthly roundup? Reach out to us at and let us know!

We hope there’s something in here to get you inspired for your next project! Make sure to follow us on Twitter and YouTube to see what’s coming up in June.

Happy mapping!

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