A collection of all blog posts by Katie Kowalsky.

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Open Data Maps for AWS

Katie Kowalsky | 08.17.23

Earlier this year, Amazon Location Service launched their Open Data Maps collection, and with it four new map styles that Stamen designed. This wasn’t just any project for us. As Kate Leroux, Stephanie May, and Seth Fitzsimmons explained at State of the Map in Richmond in June, it was a chance to showcase not only...

Open Data Maps for Amazon Location Service are now live!

Katie Kowalsky | 03.10.23

We are thrilled to share that Amazon Location Service has launched four new map styles as part of their Open Data Maps collection. Collaborating with them to build these map styles has been a pairing of some of our favorite things: working with OpenStreetMap data and delivering custom map styles. Amazon Location Service provides a...

Visualizing Global Population Density with Meta

Katie Kowalsky | 04.13.22

We are thrilled to share a project we’ve been collaborating with the Social Impact Partnerships and Data for Good teams at Meta on to create a new interactive map tool for their High Resolution Settlement Layer (HRSL) Dataset. The explorer is live at populationexplorer.org and we invite you to explore and play with this phenomenal...

Cartographers Play Video Games – A Review of the Map in Elden Ring

Katie Kowalsky | 03.25.22

Elden Ring has been the buzz of the gaming world since its release in late February. As the latest title by From Software, it’s the studio’s first foray into an open-world role-playing concept for their extremely popular and infamously difficult games (typically referred to as Souls or Soulsborne games from two notable games in their catalog, Dark Souls and Bloodborne). It’s also the first of these games to include a map, which really excites us at a cartographer studio with some avid gamers.