Designers are well aware of the need for cool-looking maps in situations that require it! So, it's pretty exciting that I stumbled on this website that offers just that and for free (via Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license)
Look no further than Maps.stamen.com, the second installment of the City Tracking project funded by the Knight News Challenge, is live.
These unique cartographic styles and tiles, based on data from Open Street Map. With three styles to choose from toner, terrain, and watercolor, I'm certain you will feel like you won the jack pot in exploring Maps.stamen.com!
You can read more about it here at PBS too.