Data Visualization

Maps are only one way to look at large amounts of data, and not always the best. Stamen actively pursues strategies to display, understand and navigate through rich and varied flows of information. These "objects to think with" allow for discovery and a kind of perception that allows your eyes to understand immediately what words may fail to tell you.

"What they do is not just illustration. It's illumination. Working with Eric and his team wasn't just about discovering things I didn't know about my own research, although it certainly was that. I also learned things that I didn't think it was possible to know about my work."

Paul Ekman, PhD, Atlas of Emotions

Atlas of Emotions

In 2014, the Dalai Lama asked his friend, scientist Dr. Paul Ekman, to design him an Atlas of Human Emotion, and Paul asked us to help him. His Holiness was intrigued by conversations that he and Paul had been having over the years about their different views on the subject of emotion.

Toyota i-Road

Here at Stamen we've been hard at work with the engineers and designers at Toyota on a new data visualization project, and we’re excited to start sharing the details. In November we helped to bring Toyota Onramp 2015 to San Francisco.

Mapping the World's Friendships

"Mapping the World's Friendships," is a project visualizing the degree of interconnectedness between Facebook's hundreds of millions of members as part of Facebook's new Stories initiative.

Facebook Flowers

“Facebook Flowers” diagrams the viral activity that follows George Takei sharing a picture on Facebook. Each share generates a thread, and follow-on shares continue as extensions of that strand, blooming as the picture is passed from friend to friend.

AirBnB

We designed a set of maps for Airbnb.com, showing the explosive growth of the service since it started in 2008. The first visualization represents Airbnb’s top 50 markets. The thickness of the lines corresponds to the relative volume of travels between each pair. 

Nike Grid

As a matter of policy, Stamen generally doesn't work with advertising agencies. It's too hard to figure out what to do when you're not in direct conversation with the person holding the checkbook and able to make the final call, and there's too much silence involved.

Cabspotting

We explored visualizations of GPS data from Yellow Cabs taxis in San Francisco. In these frame-by-frame maps of the locations of cabs in the Bay Area, the city pulses like a beating heart.

The City from the Valley

Historically, workers have lived in residential suburbs while commuting to work in the city. For Silicon Valley, however, the situation is reversed: many of the largest technology companies are based in suburbs, but look to recruit younger knowledge workers who are more likely to dwell in the city.

A Day of Financial Transactions

This is a visualization of a day's worth of trading data on the NASDAQ stock exchange. In the examples that follow, each of which represents a single minute of trading, the images on top use a unique color to represent each trader, and the images on bottom use a unique color to represent each stock.

SFMoMA Artscope

Not every map is a map of streets and buildings and rivers. This map shows, in one view, everything in the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s collection.

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