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
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.
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.
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.
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.