We make the best maps on the web.
At Stamen we've been designing and building custom maps since before Google Maps was a thing. We've designed styles for Microsoft, Google, Pinterest, Yandex, the Golden Gate Parks Conservancy, the 2012 London Olympics, and many others. We can work with OpenStreetMap, Google Maps, CartoDB, ESRI, MapBox, or custom data sources, whatever's appropriate for the job at hand. And we bring a fresh approach to the ancient art of mapmaking that combines technical savvy with pop-culture flair.
Amazonia Under Threat
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.
For the past year, we've been working in close collaboration with the Digital Scholarship Lab at the University of Richmond, to bring one of the great works of American historical scholarship into the 21st century.
With Pinterest's Place Pins, featuring a beautiful new map designed by none other than us, you can map the things you love, near and far, making the pins more actionable and bringing out the explorer in all of us. You can view and create these Pins on your desktop or on mobile, when you’re actually out and about exploring.
Urban Water Blueprint
Few things are more vital to a city than safe, accessible fresh water. More than 20% of the world’s population lives in areas where access to clean, fresh water is challenging. It’s obvious: Healthy cities need reliable clean water to thrive. But how do we achieve that critical goal of safe, secure water supplies for hundreds of cities all over the world?
In the developed world, we take it for granted that every home or place of work has access to basic infrastructure and services. This includes clean water, electricity, sanitation, and access for emergency vehicles in case of need. But this is far from being the rule in many developing cities.
The Surging Seas project is an interactive map that combines sea level rise with various economic and population indicators. Most maps of sea level rise are underwhelming, visually. By focusing on the land that's shrinking as sea levels change, they give the impression that there'll be lots of land left over, even after the oceans change the shape of the coastline.
California Health Care Foundation
In late September of 2011 we published some work with the California Health Care Foundation, mapping variations in Elective Procedure Rates across the state. In English, this means we looked at how likely people are to do things like have their gall bladders removed—surgery that's not done to immediately save their lives—depending on where they live.
Field Papers is a tool to help you create a multi-page atlas of anywhere in the world. The first version was launched in May of 2012, in partnership with Caerus Associates. In early 2013, we were approached by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to extend Field Papers, and make it more robust.
If you hear sirens in your neighborhood, you should know why. Crimespotting made this possible in San Francisco and Oakland, setting off an explosion in civic mapping that continues today. We believe that civic data should be exposed to the public in a more open way.
For over a decade, Stamen has been exploring cartography with our clients and in research. These maps are presented here for your enjoyment and use wherever you display OpenStreetMap data.
Good-looking maps used to be the domain of experts. That’s been changing quite a bit in the last few years, and it’s easier than ever now for developers to access mapping data.
Golden Gate Recreation Area
We're pleased to announce a new project for the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy. We've redesigned and built a new map, and trail visualizations to help people get to the parks in the Bay Area.
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.
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.
London's iconic red phone boxes served as goalposts for urban races in this exciting project with Weiden + Kennedy.
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.