blog/Eric Rodenbeck

Videos of Stamen’s NACIS 2022 presentations are now live!

Eric Rodenbeck | 11.21.22

We had a great time last month at the annual meeting of the North American Cartographic Information Society, talking with old and new friends about a shared love of maps. We also had a record number of team members giving presentations, both about our Stamen work and about some passion projects. We wrote a previous...

Golden Ratio & Cartography; a talk at NACIS 2022

Eric Rodenbeck | 11.15.22

Last month I was lucky enough to give a talk at the North American Cartographic Information Society’s annual meeting in Minneapolis, about the golden ratio & how we apply it to our cartographic & data visualization practice at Stamen. The video recording of the talk is here, for those who prefer to watch and listen...

Meet Stamen at the NACIS Conference!

Eric Rodenbeck | 10.14.22

By Eric Rodenbeck and the Stamen Design team One of our favorite conferences of the year is the annual meeting of the North American Cartographic Information Society (NACIS, for short). It’s an eclectic community of academics, professional cartographers, artists, activists, and many other stripes of fascinating creative people who share a love of maps. And...

Five days at the University of New Mexico teaching design & fermentation

Eric Rodenbeck | 07.08.21

I was lucky enough to be invited to help teach my pal Janet Abrams’ new design program, Architecture + Design Summer Academy at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque last week. I flew(!) in on Sunday, spent a week with Janet and the amazing UNM professor Francisco Uviña helping to shepherd high school students...

Diversity in Design Collaborative Launches to Take Meaningful Action to Increase Diversity in the…

Eric Rodenbeck | 06.15.21

Members Join Forces Around Commitment to Improving Representation of Black Creatives in Design, Increasing Design Career Opportunities and Focusing on the Education Pipeline to Create Long Term and Lasting Change Founding members include 2×4, Adobe, Architecture Plus Information, Aruliden, Civilization, COLLINS, Dropbox, Fossil Group, Freeman, fuseproject, Gap Inc., Herman Miller Group, Knoll Inc., Levi Strauss...

New Smithsonian Acquisition: Watercolor Maptiles by Stamen Design

Eric Rodenbeck | 05.25.21

[Last week, the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum announced that Stamen’s Watercolor map tiles would be added to their permanent collection. As part of that announcement, they released a 5 minute video showing Stamen Design founder Eric Rodenbeck talking about the origins and reception of the Watercolor map. This is post is a brief transcript...

A conversation with Harvard GSD’s Charles Waldheim about Ed Ruscha’s archive at the Getty

Eric Rodenbeck | 05.11.21

Photo: Austin Liu Stamen recently launched a project with the Getty Museum in Los Angeles about the work of Ed Ruscha, who took hundreds of thousands of photographs of Los Angeles Streets from the back of a pickup truck over fifty years. This enormous archive of urban photographs is in the process of being meticulously...

Save the date! Stamen & Smithsonian in dialogue about museums & maps

Eric Rodenbeck | 05.03.21

Join us on May 18 for a Zoom conversation between @cooperhewitt curator @andrealipps7 + Stamen founder @ericrodenbeck! To RSVP visit the CooperHewitt.org website or go to sta.mn/d85. See you there!

Letter to a young data visualizer

Eric Rodenbeck | 03.12.21

(with apologies & in homage to Rainer Maria Rilke and William Burroughs) From time to time I get asked for advice by young people about paths to careers in dataviz. My path to the field started over twenty years ago. There was no Masters of Data Visualization at the New School when I went there,...

2020: A year of remote dataviz

Eric Rodenbeck | 02.02.21

Whoa. Stamen HQ, quiet as cats When the lockdowns happened back in March 2020, we all started realizing that we weren’t going to be gathering together at Stamen HQ any time soon, and things got, well, weird. I love working at Stamen, and I think I speak for the rest of my team when I...