Nobody makes data accessible and beautiful like Stamen. A Stamen-designed Twitter display at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards captured, on-screen, the instant Twitterverse outrage when Kanye West grabbed Taylor Swift’s mike. The Olympics and Nike Basketball both signed on as Stamen clients in 2010. Earlier this year, the San Francisco-based firm launched its first product, Eddy, a “curation platform” that “takes the fire hose of data from Twitter and turns it into something meaningful,” says Stamen CEO Eric Rodenbeck.
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The firm’s technological and aesthetic savvy has helped visualize much more, including taxi traffic, real-estate values, even crime patterns–all depicted in jarringly gorgeous maps. It’s working on a broadband-access map for the FCC that will show how wide disparities are across the United States. Stamen’s big dream is even loftier: to use data-visualization techniques to make information on crucial scientific topics, such as climate change, accessible to all.