Stamen Design

Stamen is a data visualization design studio based in San Francisco, California. Its clients include National Geographic,[2] Facebook[3] and The Dalai Lama.[4]

Stamen Design
IndustryData visualization, Cartography, Interaction design, Software engineering, Web design
FoundedJanuary 1, 2001 (2001-01-01)
FounderEric Rodenbeck
United States
Area served
Number of employees


Stamen was founded in 2001 by Eric Rodenbeck, Stamen's CEO and Creative Director. In 2003 Michal Migurski joined Stamen as a partner, remaining until 2013. In 2006 Shawn Allen became the studio's third partner,[5] remaining until 2014. In 2014, UCLA professor and writer Jon Christensen joined Stamen as a partner and strategic advisor.[6]


In 2017 Stamen was commissioned by the Victoria and Albert Museum to design and develop Big Glass Microphone,[7] an interactive, online visualization of the acoustic vibrations picked up by a fiber-optic cable buried beneath a road at Stanford University.

In 2016 Stamen designed an Atlas of Human Emotion[8] for Paul Ekman and The Dalai Lama. The New York Times[9] quoted Paul Ekman as saying “It is a visualization for what we think has been learned from scientific studies. It’s a transformative process, a work of explanation.”

In 2015 Stamen partnered with Hipcamp and GreenInfo Network[10] to develop CaliParks, a bilingual, statewide, parks search engine that brings together park boundary and management data in California with social media content from Instagram, Flickr, Twitter, and Foursquare.[11]

Stamen is the developer and maintainer of Field Papers,[12] an open source tool for humanitarian mapping that lets users annotate OpenStreetMap in areas without internet connectivity. Field Papers was supported by grants from USAID[13] and the Hewlett Foundation in conjunction with the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team.[14]

In 2014 Stamen designed new default basemaps for CartoDB, using OpenStreetMap data. These map tiles are available for unlimited use under a Creative Commons license.

Awards and grantsEdit

In 2017 Stamen won the National Design Award for Interaction Design, presented by Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.[15]

At the Information is Beautiful Awards in 2012, Stamen won the Gold Award for Data Journalism and the Most Beautiful award for its "Home & Away" project[16] for CNN.[17] In that year Stamen also won the Information is Beautiful "Best Studio" prize.[18]

In 2010, Stamen was awarded a US$400,000 grant from the Knight Foundation[19] to create a series of freely-available web maps based on OpenStreetMap data. The resulting map tiles (called Toner, Watercolor, and Terrain) are available for unlimited use under a Creative Commons license and are compatible with open source mapping libraries such as Leaflet and OpenLayers.[20] The service is widely used in mapping projects around the world.[21]

See alsoEdit


  • McMillan, Sam (August 28, 2019). "Artificial Intelligence". Communications Arts. Menlo Park. Retrieved August 30, 2019.
  • Schwab, Katharine (June 1, 2017). "The Smart City Already Exists—Under Our Streets". Fast Company. New York, NY. Retrieved June 2, 2017.
  • Bliss, Laura (May 30, 2017). "Beneath a Bustling University Campus, a Big Cable Is Listening". The Atlantic CityLab. New York, NY. Retrieved June 2, 2017.
  • Anderton, Frances (May 17, 2017). "Stamen brings artistry to data visualization — and wins Cooper Hewitt Design Award". KCRW. Los Angeles, CA. Retrieved June 2, 2017.
  • Hardy, Quentin (January 6, 2014). "A Makeover for Maps". New York Times. New York, NY. Retrieved October 23, 2015.
  • "Finance: Nasdaq and the colour of money". Financial Times Magazine. July 26, 2013. Retrieved October 23, 2015.
  • Madrigal, Alexis (June 10, 2013). "Stamen Design Reveals an Instagram for Maps: A Radical, Beautiful New Tool". The Atlantic. Retrieved October 23, 2015.
  • Dickey, Megan Rose (October 12, 2012). "Here's A Map To Silicon Valley's Cushy Private Buses". Business Insider. Retrieved October 23, 2015.
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  4. ^ The Dalai Lama
  5. ^ "Stamen Design". IDFA Doclab. Retrieved 23 October 2015.
  6. ^ "Stamen Design Maps Out Expansion for Leadership in the Field of Data Visualization: Names Jon Christensen as Partner & Opens New Office in Los Angeles; Announces Groundbreaking Social Sense-Making, Environmental & Mass Media Projects". MarketWired. Retrieved 23 October 2015.
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  9. ^ "Inner Peace? The Dalai Lama Made a Website for That". Retrieved 24 May 2016.
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  11. ^ "CaliParks". Retrieved 23 October 2015.
  12. ^ Field Papers
  13. ^ "New & Improved Field Papers!". Stamen Design. Retrieved 23 October 2015.
  14. ^ "Field Papers". Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team. Retrieved 23 October 2015.
  15. ^ "2017 National Design Award Winners". Cooper Hewitt. Retrieved 5 May 2017.
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  17. ^ "Information is Beautiful Awards – The Results!". Information is Beautiful. Retrieved 23 October 2015.
  18. ^ "Information is Beautiful Awards – The judges..." Information is Beautiful. Retrieved 12 September 2016.
  19. ^ Walker, Alyssa. "Stamen Design Wins a $400,000 Grant for New User-generated Data-viz Project". Retrieved 23 October 2015.
  20. ^ "". Retrieved 23 October 2015.
  21. ^ "The Wild and Wonderful World of". Retrieved 23 October 2015.

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