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We've been designing and building maps and data visualizations in San Francisco's Mission District for happy clients since 2001. Stamen is a 100% independently owned and operated company.

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Since 2001, Stamen has developed a reputation for beautiful and technologically sophisticated projects in a diverse range of commercial and cultural settings. We work and play with a surprising and growing range of collaborators: financial institutions, artists and architects, car manufacturers, design agencies, museums, technology firms, political action committees, and universities.

Rush Limbaugh calls our work "utterly preposterous and "bohunk computer modeling" and we think that's just terrific.

Find out more about who we are, or view Stamen client work and research projects. A selection of essays and works-in-progress may be found at our studio blog.

Read about Stamen in: The New York Times | The New York Times (2) | The New York Times (3) | The Wall Street Journal | Forbes | The Economist | The New York Times | CNN | The Guardian | Esquire and Contagious | Wired UK | Fast Company (2) (3)

The latest:

National Geographic: Amazonia

Since 1915, the National Geographic Society has been making some of the best maps the world has ever seen. So we were honored, humbled, and maybe even a little nervous when we got the opportunity to work closely with the Nat Geo team designing and building an interactive feature all about the Amazon.

Surging Seas: Mapping Choices

Mapping Choices lays out starkly the stakes of carbon emissions over the next several decades.

Open Terrain

We're designing a worldwide terrain map and making all the data all available in one place, for free, funded by the Knight Foundation

Eric at EYEO: How to (keep) running a successful data visualization design studio

Custom Cartography

Stamen is hiring a Design Technologist

Stamen is an award-winning design and technology studio in San Francisco whose work has had a significant impact on the field of online mapping and data visualization. We are looking for a skilled interactive developer who is excited about the intersection between design and technology roles to work at our busy Mission District studio.

Stamen is lucky; we get to work on a wide variety of projects for clients all over the world. We are committed to maintaining a constant state of learning, both about our tools and about the world. We want to continue to work with people who know a lot—and are excited to learn even more. You'll be working with a small team of designers and engineers led by a creative director who looks to you to make his ideas feasible. You're excited by the possibility of cutting and bending data to fit it through the thin straw of the internet.

About you

You're up for the excitement of a continuous flow of new projects, and you mix creative re-use with trying new things. You're able to work well with multiple inputs from a variety of sources: creative direction, technical direction, production expediency, and client feedback. You're friendly and courteous, good at finding ways to have fun under the pressure of deadlines, ready to sell your approach but also OK with our clients having the final say.

You’ll use tools like Leaflet, D3, vanilla JavaScript and WebGL, occasionally React, JQuery and other tools to build responsive and delightful interfaces. You will not just implement designs, you will be an essential part of the design process, and you'll occasionally find yourself working on backend systems.


  • Work closely with designers, project director, and other developers
  • Work with data artists and others to implement interfaces that will work on all modern browsers on a variety of devices
  • Communicate directly and clearly with clients
  • Know what the best thing is to be doing at any given moment or to ask if you’re unsure


  • Expert knowledge of Javascript, CSS, and HTML 5
  • Strong understanding of D3, Leaflet, and Node.js
  • Experience making sites that perform well and follow best practices
  • Design and UX sensibilities
  • Comfortable with both verbal and text-based communication (whiteboarding + Slack)

It would also be nice if you

  • Are familiar with Heroku
  • Have experience with React
  • Have an opinion about front-end build systems (or lack thereof)
  • Have worked with clients
  • Have experience contributing to open source projects
  • Have done things using OpenStreetMap
  • Like maps & data visualizations (a lot)

Tangible benefits

  • Full benefits package
  • 5 weeks vacation / year
  • Work with a group of talented people for whom designing maps and data visualization is a passion as well as a career
  • Get paid to learn new things

Intangible benefits

  • Surround yourself with plants, art, and maps
  • Work in the Mission, eat great food every day
  • Stamen is not a tech startup and there are no tech bros here

To apply, email with a cover letter and links to your portfolio, GitHub account, and anything else that will show us your work live on the Internet.

Recent Projects

Custom Cartography & Identity for MapZen

Mapping Climate Change

Mapping Methane Leaks

Tableau Maps

Read about the project in Wired

Visualizing Obamacare

Visualizing Sea Level Rise

Mapping Social Media and Parks

Visualizing Bitcoin MtGox 500

Mapping the Golden Gate Recreation Area

Pinterest Maps

Surging Seas v2

Mapstack: Maps for All

Mapping the Health of the Chesapeake Bay

Everything, everything:

Integrating Instagram with MTV Social Voting 3d Maps in a Browser

Google Free and Open

Mapping the Private Bus Networks of Silicon Valley

Facebook: Mapping how Viral Stories Spread

Facebook Stories: Mapping the World's Friendships

Visualizing NASDAQ Financial Data

Chernobyl Diaries: Creepymaps

The Weather Channel Hurricane Tracker

The Weather Channel Travel Planner

Field Papers

MoMA Talk To Me

National Geographic The World iPad App


MTV | MTV MTV Live Twitter visualizations

Trees, Cabs and Crime in San Francisco


Bing Maps Cartography

Nike Grid

Oakland Crimespotting

San Francisco Crimespotting

Cheerio maps

Walking Papers

CNN Home and Away


Hope for Haiti



Mondo Window

NBC Olympics 2010

Soft Cities

SOM Digital City 1

SOM Digital City 2

Trulia Snapshot

Nike Basketball Playoffs Twitter Visualization

Oakland Crimespotting Heat Maps

MTV Movie Awards 2010

Flickr Clock

MSNBC Historical Hurricane Maps

SFMOMA Artscope

Cloudmade: Fresh

Cloudmade: Pale Dawn

Cloudmade: Midnight Commander

Adobe Kuler Community Pulse

Maps From Scratch




London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games

Data visualization, SOM, and the Transbay Tower

Acconci Story

SFMOMA Interactive companion

California Academy of Sciences

MSNBC Hurricane Tracker

Yahoo! Nikon Stunning Gallery

MySociety Travel Time Maps

Trulia Hindsight

GlobalVoicesOnline Maps

Digg Swarm / Digg Arc / Digg BigSpy / Digg Stack / Digg Pics

Hello Oakland


Graffiti Archaeology

Global Business Network

USC Anneneberg Center for Communication

Mapping photos on with Mappr

Pro Choice America


Root Markets


Quokka Sports

Adobe: Amgen Tour of California

In The News / Vox Delicii

Empty City

Macromedia: MX