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Stamen’s Watercolor map tiles are now in the Smithsonian’s permanent collection!


Stamen’s Watercolor map

Today the Cooper Hewitt (the Smithsonian Design Museum) officially added Stamen’s OpenStreetMap-based Watercolor map to its collection, the first live website to ever become part of the Smithsonian.

Learn more from the Cooper Hewitt press release and the announcement event recorded on YouTube:

We are especially grateful to the hundreds of thousands of volunteer contributors to the OpenStreetMap project who created the data that made this map possible. The Watercolor map is a gift in memory of the late Zach Watson, who was one of the core developers who created the Watercolor map. We’d also like to specifically congratulate Stamen alumni Geraldine Sarmiento, Nathaniel Kelso, and Michal Migurski who all played a major role in creating the map.

Screenshot from Cooper Hewitt’s presentation about the acquisition

We will be sharing more information about the acquisition in the near future, but for now we just wanted to share our gratitude and our excitement that this unique cartographic artifact will be preserved forever by the Smithsonian for the enjoyment and inspiration of everyone. ❤️

Published: 05.18.21
Updated: 03.28.22

About Stamen

Stamen is a globally recognized strategic design partner and one of the most established cartography and data visualization studios in the industry. For over two decades, Stamen has been helping industry giants, universities, and civic-minded organizations alike bring their ideas to life through designing and storytelling with data. We specialize in translating raw data into interactive visuals that inform, inspire and incite action. At the heart of this is our commitment to research and ensuring we understand the challenges we face. We embrace ambiguity, we thrive in data, and we exist to build tools that educate and inspire our audiences to act.