Smithsonian Museum awards Stamen Design top national honor for lasting achievement in American design
We are proud to announce that Stamen has been honored with the 2017 National Design Award in Interaction Design. Bestowed by the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, the award celebrates outstanding achievement in design through excellence, innovation, and enhancement of the quality of life.
Over the sixteen years of our company’s history, our team has sought to help transform the field of data visualization from a highly technical set of tasks and tools into a broadly public field of discourse, inquiry and beauty. We believe strongly that increasing literacy around data visualization is vital for a healthy conversation about what it means to be human in these technological times, and we build and design platforms for new meaning and understanding to help navigate these fast-changing data landscapes.
Stamen began in a small office in San Francisco’s Mission District in 2001. Today, our team works across four American offices to marry the technological with the humanistic, softening the edges of high-tech with relatable entry-points that make data relevant, accessible and desirable.
Launched by the White House in 2000, the National Design Award was created to celebrate design as a vital humanistic tool in shaping the world. National Design Award winners are chosen by an independent jury of prominent experts in the field, based on criteria including: originality in solving problems, significantly broadening the conventions of their discipline, introducing formal innovation, and exhibiting consistently high levels of imagination and insight. They also weigh how each nominee’s achievements have benefited the general public. The Interaction Design award is bestowed for exceptional and exemplary work in the design of interactive digital products, environments, systems and services.
We are humbled and thrilled to be among the recipients of this award.
We want to thank our incredible staff for their brilliant and tireless dedication to the craft of design and data visualization:
We also extend our heartfelt thanks to all Stamen alumni, who over 16 years provided invaluable contributions to the body of work which is honored by this award.