Robin Good: Indiemapper is a web-based application that allows you to create static, thematic maps from geographic data by bringing the best of traditional cartographic design to internet map-making.
It requires no login or registration and you can start to use it immediately.
Images can be exported in a variety of formats, including layered SVG, PNG, JPG an editable AI (Adobe Illustrator) formats.
Free to use.
Try it out now: http://indiemapper.com/