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.
maps.stamen.com remains free (and ad-free), serves upwards of 600 million tiles a month, and takes us hundreds of hours, and thousands of dollars, to sustain.
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These high-contrast B+W (black and white) maps are featured in our Dotspotting project. They are perfect for data mashups and exploring river meanders and coastal zones. Available in six flavors:standard toner, hybrid, labels, lines, background, and lite.
Orient yourself with our terrain maps, featuring hill shading and natural vegetation colors. These maps showcase advanced labeling and linework generalization of dual-carriageway roads. Terrain was developed in collaboration with Gem Spear and Nelson Minar. Available in four flavors: standard terrain, labels, lines, andbackground.
Reminiscent of hand drawn maps, our watercolor maps apply raster effect area washes and organic edges over a paper texture to add warm pop to any map. Watercolor was inspired by the Bicycle Portraits project. Thanks to Cassidy Curtis for his early advice.
The roof, the roof, the roof is on fire! These "heat maps" use toner-lines as the foundation on which to draw fiery animations. It's our way of showing that maps don't have to lie still on the screen anymore, and that we can use the whole world as a canvas for interaction and movement.
Trees, Cabs & Crime started off as a weekend hack and ended up in the Venice Biennale. This map combines three data sets (street tree locations, taxi cab GPS positions, and crime reports) with subtractive blending to reveal halftones hidden in the urban fabric of San Francisco.