Mapping the arts landscape with Culture Compass

Alan McConchie | 02.07.19

In recent years, San Francisco has become one of the most expensive cities in the world, putting extreme pressure on the arts and culture community that has been an essential part of SF’s unique character. Arts organizations have found it increasingly difficult to find affordable long-term spaces. Thankfully, SF is also home to the Community...

The fire this time, from San Francisco

Eric Rodenbeck | 10.14.17

Sunrise through the smoke from Eve’s apartment Things have been pretty grim around here. The fires north of San Francisco have been just devastating for so many people. It’s intensely personal for the people who work here at Stamen, particularly those of us with deep roots in that part of the world. So many of...

Why are there so many vacant storefronts in the Castro?

Eric Rodenbeck | 03.20.17

We’ve been having a really interesting time working with our friends at Hoodline, a site that was my go-to for local San Francisco news even before we started working with them about a month ago. Hoodline is quickly becoming a go-to location for really local news, like the armed standoff that took over two blocks...

The Blue Greenway: making maps of San Francisco’s fast-changing southeastern waterfront landscapes…

Eric Rodenbeck | 11.03.16

The Blue Greenway map The San Francisco Parks Alliance (SFPA) began the Blue Greenway project back in June of 2004 with a simple goal in mind: to envision a 13-mile greenway/waterway network along San Francisco’s southeastern waterfront. The Blue Greenway will complete San Francisco’s portion of the Bay Trail, increase public interest and enjoyment of...

The City from the Valley

Stamen Design | 12.15.15

Fundamental shifts are underway in the relationship between San Francisco and Silicon Valley. 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...

Cabspotting, always in progress

Stamen Design | 02.13.07

When the Exploratorium and Scott Snibbe approached us in 2005 to visualize realtime GPS positions of San Francisco taxi cabs in the Cabspotting project, we leapt at the chance. Taxi data is highly dynamic, mappings of it change noticeably from viewing to viewing, has an easy reference to the real workd, and the data lends...