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MAPMAKER MANIFESTO * YOU ARE HERE & SO AM I
"The Manifesto

Speak in pictures whenever possible. Structure your data, but be sure to leave room for the unstructured. Mate function and form in equality. Transform the ambiguous, obscure, and complex into beautiful, engaging, and accessible. Represent data with accuracy. Remember it is made by humans and subject to inaccuracy. Let the data say what it wants to say. Respect the message. Strike a balance between the literal, the abstract, and the artistic. Know when to show the dots on the map or just the dots themselves. Make your own map. Share it. Make your own data. Share it too. Remember why you are making the map and who you are making it for. Remember that everyone is a mapmaker. Remember to make maps together.

Design your life like you’d design a map.
● Mate function and form in equality.
● Represent data with accuracy.
● Remember that data is made by humans and sometimes inaccurate.

Live your life like you’d follow a map.
1. Determine You are here.
2. Observe what is around your location.
3. Decide where you want to go and your mode of transportation.
4. Go!
5. Change direction if you change your mind.
6. Archive the map when it doesn’t work anymore.
7. Don’t listen to the computer if you disagree with it.

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Manifesto Notes

This world does not only belong to you and to me, but to every person and living creature on it. If we want to continue to live on this earth, then we must change our interactions with it.

In order to change, we must understand reality.
It may be too late to change climate change, the death of bees, the melting of icecaps, the rise of the sea.

But it is not too late to understand how we might adapt to it.

When you look at a map, there are a few key steps to determining direction:
1. The first step is defining, “You are here.”
2. The second step is determining what is around you.
3. The third is to decide where to go (what to pursue) and the kinds of paths to follow (how to get there).

We mapmakers and visualizers of data are well­-equipped for this task.

It is up to us to share data and information, so that we can make the map of Now.

It is up to all of us to to draw the path to our future, and to determine our navigation style.

Let us make this map together.
Let us see our data and allow it to change our direction.
Then we must see the data.
We must know the information. We make the data.
It belongs to all of us.
Function. Form. Motility. Pursuit of beauty.
It is important to remember, we are all makers of maps.
If it's as much about the journey as the destination, then how we get there is as important as the paths we take."
cartography  maps  mapping  infovis  data  place  classideas  manifestos  2014  stamen  stamendesign 
november 2014 by robertogreco
California Open Spaces
[Explained more:
http://content.stamen.com/mapping_the_intersection_between_social_media_and_open_spaces_in_ca ]

"From family vacations in a national park to mornings at the dog run or lazy days on the beach, Californians live their lives outdoors—and share their experiences online on Twitter, Flickr, Instagram, and Foursquare.

The idea is pretty simple. We’ve taken the actual shape of every park in California and used it as a window to watch social media streaming out of our parks.

From the teeny pocket park down the street to huge Stanislaus National Forest—the state’s biggest!—this project bears witness to a simple story a million different ways: parks are part of our lives in California.

We hope that this project helps connect Californians with their parks—from the liveliest and loudest to the quiet and secluded. And that park rangers, managers, and advocates find these stories and connect with the Californians who use their parks.

• Explore social media from giant parks to tiny parks….
• Which parks are most tweeted about?
• Which are the most photogenic parks?
• Where are people checking in?"
california  stamen  stamendesign  maps  mapping  parks  landscape  openspaces  flickr  twitter  instagram  foursquare  socialmedia 
may 2014 by robertogreco
Map Stack by Stamen
"You can use it to combine custom cartography, colors, and satellite images into custom, easily modified maps.

We provide access to different parts of the map stack, like backgrounds, roads, labels, and satellite imagery. These can be modified using straightforward controls to change things like color, opacity, and brightness. So within a few minutes you can have a map of anywhere in the world with dark green parks and blue buildings. You can get very precise with image overlays and layer effects, using layers as cut-out masks for other layers. Or just make a regular-looking map in the colors you want.

The idea is to make it radically simpler for people to design their own maps, without having to know any code, install any software, or even do any typing.

When you’re done, save out an image of your map to Pinterest or Tumblr. You can take a look at a gallery of recent images that people have made to get ideas for your own projects."
maps  mapping  stamen  stamendesign  color  cartography  mapstack 
june 2013 by robertogreco
Energy Efficiency in San Gabriel Valley
"The San Gabriel Valley is home to 31 unique and exciting cities, each with its own energy use and greenhouse gas emissions profile. This report contains 2010 per capita activity data and overall greenhouse gas emissions data from all 27 cities that participated in the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments Energy Action Plan project. The map above and charts below report how much electricity and natural gas people used, how far they drove, how much waste they generated, and the greenhouse gas emissions that occurred as a result of those activities."
mapping  energy-efficiency  energy  losangeles  sangabrielvalley  stamen  visualization  maps  data 
november 2012 by robertogreco
The City from the Valley, 2012 | Stamen Design
"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 likely to dwell in the city. An alternate transportation network of private buses—fully equipped with wifi—thus threads daily through San Francisco, picking up workers at unmarked bus stops (though many coexist in digital space), carrying them southward via the commuter lanes of the 101 and 280 freeways, and eventually delivers them to their campuses.

What does this flow tell us about Silicon Valley, and the City it feeds?"
privatebuslines  privatebuses  process  walkingpapers  observation  shuttles  googleshuttles  movement  commuting  alternatetransportationnetwork  buses  design  siliconvalley  transit  transportation  mapping  maps  2012  stamen  stamendesign 
september 2012 by robertogreco
Maps, Maps And MOAR Maps At The Society Of Cartographers And Expedia | Gary's Bloggage
"History has a habit of repeating itself and so does the map. From primitive scratchings, through ever more sumptuous pieces of art, through to authoritative geographical representations, the map changes throughout history. Maps speak of the hopes, dreams and prejudices of their creators and audience alike, and with the advent of neogeography and neocartography, maps are again as much art as they are geographical information.

... will that do?"
noaa  bigdata  data  exploration  aaronstraupcope  flickr  googlemaps  bingmaps  agi  osm  openstreetmap  yahoo  nokia  geography  stamen  mattbiddulph  garygale  2012  history  neocartography  mapping  maps 
september 2012 by robertogreco
angry, productive birds (tecznotes)
"For a few years now, we’ve been diligently recording our time spent on various projects at Stamen. Earlier this year, I wrote a small Protovis-based browser app that makes this time visible so we can act on it. It looks like this:"
motivation  visualization  michalmigurski  2011  timetrackers  timetracking  stamen  projectmanagement  productvity  progress  angrybirds 
july 2012 by robertogreco
fieldpapers.org
"Field Papers allows you to print a multipage paper atlas of anywhere in the world and take it outside, offline, in the field. You can scribble on it, draw things, make notes.

When you upload a snapshot of your print to Field Papers, we'll do some magic on the server to put it back in the right spot on the map. You can transcribe your notes into digital form and share the result with your friends or download the notes for later analysis.

You don't need a GPS to make a map or learn complicated desktop GIS software to use Field Papers. It's as easy as print, mark, scan.

This project is a continuation of Walking Papers, which was built for the OpenStreetMap (OSM) editing community. Field Papers allows you to print multiple-page atlases using several map styles (including satellite imagery and black and white cartography to save ink) and has built in note annotation tools with GIS format downloads. Field Papers also supports user accounts so you can save “your stuff” for later, or use the service anonymously. Maps from the two systems work together if you want OSM editing (see below)."

[Updated 10 July 2013: http://content.stamen.com/fieldpapers-v2 ]
mapping  annotation  fieldpapers  cartography  maps  stamen  stamendesign  michalmigurski  walkingpapers  2012  osm  openstreetmap  via:litherland  gis 
june 2012 by robertogreco
TenderNoise Project | Movity.com
"TenderNoise (TN) is an applied acoustic ecology project that invites a large audience ranging from urban planners to government officials, from local residents to global design technologists to consider sound as a key proxy for urban activity, with all of its positive and negative ramifications.

TN collects, maps and layers noise data across Tenderloin, San Francisco, exploring the aural quality of streets via frequently-logged historical decibel (dBA) levels over a few days period.

TN has been developed as part of the CityCentered Festival organized by GAFFTA in June 2010. The project is the outcome of many individuals who are employed at various organizations and who have collaborated on a pro-bono basis. Three key organizations involved are Stamen Design, Movity.com and Arup:"
maps  information  visualization  data  noise  sound  mapping  stamen  stamendesign  tendernoise  acoustics  urban  urbanism  sanfrancisco  tenderloin 
july 2011 by robertogreco
[map=yes]
"Most online maps are designed to help you get around in a car. This generally means displaying: roads, businesses, buildings, on-ramps, parks, oceans and traffic congestion. Nothing wrong with that! Designers get handed a tool kit that has as many tools as a good swiss army knife, and the maps reflect these tools. Millions of people use them to make appointments across town, find restaurants, and drive home for the holidays.<br />
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But what if, instead of a swiss army knife, we used a box of crayons? Or charcoal and newsprint? Or play-doh? What would those maps look like? What could they tell us about the world?<br />
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"map=yes" is a collaboration between MapQuest Open and Stamen Design, using data from the OpenStreetMap project. The project is an exploration of new frontiers in online cartography and the mapping of open data.<br />
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All the code used to generate these maps is available for download and liberal re-use."
design  art  maps  mapping  data  stamen  mapquest  openstreetmap  osm  2011  code 
july 2011 by robertogreco
MondoWindow: Welcome to the first-ever site for the connected air traveler!
"MondoWindow is a platform for online, in-flight, location-based content and entertainment.

It's a map that tells you where you are and what you're looking at as you fly.

MondoWindow is launching in time for flights to SXSW. The beta will be live on Tuesday, March 8. Anyone can sign up for the beta here.

MondoWindow was founded by Greg Dicum and Tyler Sterkel in 2010. Greg is a journalist and author; his books include the Window Seat series, about reading the landscape from the air. Tyler is a museum curator and interactive producer.

MondoWindow has partnered with Stamen Design to create the first ever consumer internet property directed at the connected airline passenger."
maps  travel  flights  flight  airtravel  stamen  flickr  place  geography  mapping 
march 2011 by robertogreco
Dotspotting
"There's currently a whole chain of elements involved in building digital civic infrastructure for the public, & these are represented by various Stamen projects & others. At the moment, the current hodgepodge of bits—including APIs & official sources, scraped websites, sometimes-reusable data formats & datasets, visualizations, embeddable widgets etc—is fractured, overly technical & obscure, held in knowledge base of a relatively small number of people, & requires considerable expertise to harness. That is, unless you're willing to use generic tools like Google Maps, & agree to terms of service which allow them to share your content w/ other people. We want to change this. Visualizing city data shouldn't be this hard, proprietary, or generic.

So the first part of this project is to start from scratch, in a 'clean room' environment. We've started from a baseline that's really straightforward, tackling the simplest part: getting dots on maps, without legacy code or any baggage."

[Quote from: http://content.stamen.com/working_on_the_knight_moves AND http://content.stamen.com/knight_news_challenge_update ]
stamendesign  maps  mapping  stamen  mashup  dotspotting  aaronstraupcope 
december 2010 by robertogreco
Random Etc. - Ah right, the blog.
"Stamen has proven there's at least one solid & sustainable business model for beautiful, interactive, dynamic mapping & data visualization. But a successful design service that like has a frenetic pace of work & high turnover of projects which I eventually found frustrating. Despite ongoing & successful efforts to build code libraries I came to feel constrained by clean-room/from-scratch implications of work-for-hire contracts.

That isn't a deeply serious criticism of Stamen. They continue to deliver amazing work & art & I don't believe their working style is flawed. This change is more about what I've learned about my own working style, my curiosity to explore different ways of working, & perhaps shiny world-changing opportunities of Bay Area. So w/ our start-up we plan to seek out & try other business models (licensing, advertising & more) that will allow us to tackle long term projects & give us space to build up our own tools & apply them across many different domains."
tomcarden  bencerveny  stamen  stamendesign  creativity  businessmodels  work-for-hire  licensing  self-knowledge  advertising  work  howwework  design 
november 2010 by robertogreco
This Tract
"This Tract is a view into U.S. 2000 Census data for every tract, built in anticipation of the forthcoming 2010 Census data release. It uses your web browser’s built-in geolocation feature to give you a view of the demographics of your local area, or you can search by address or location."
census  stamen  mapping  maps  data  local  geo  us  2000  2010  visualization  michalmigurski  stamendesign 
october 2010 by robertogreco
presenting tilestache (tecznotes)
"Really what we're looking at is a future filled with work like Brett Camper's amazing 8-Bit Cities, "an attempt to make the city feel foreign yet familiar ... to evoke the same urge for exploration, abstract sense of scale, and perhaps most importantly unbounded excitement." What are the tools that help make this possible? Get TileStache."
cartography  mapping  maps  tilestache  stamen  python  geo  visualization  local  tiles  michalmigurski 
august 2010 by robertogreco
Polymaps
"Polymaps provides speedy display of multi-zoom datasets over maps, and supports a variety of visual presentations for tiled vector data, in addition to the usual cartography from OpenStreetMap, CloudMade, Bing, and other providers of image-based web maps.

Because Polymaps can load data at a full range of scales, it’s ideal for showing information from country level on down to states, cities, neighborhoods, and individual streets. Because Polymaps uses SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics) to display information, you can use familiar, comfortable CSS rules to define the design of your data. And because Polymaps uses the well known spherical mercator tile format for its imagery and its data, publishing information is a snap."
stamen  simplegeo  mapping  maps  visualization  javascript  gis  geo  polymaps  tiles  cartography  cloudmade  osm  openstreetmap  bing 
august 2010 by robertogreco
prettymaps
"prettymaps is an experimental map from Stamen Design. It is an interactive map composed of multiple freely available, community-generated data sources:

All the Flickr shapefiles rendered as a semi-transparent white ground on top of which all the other layers are displayed.

Urban areas from Natural Earth both as a standalone layer and combined with Flickr shapefiles for cities and neighbourhoods.

Road, highway and path data collected by the OpenStreetMap (OSM) project.

In all there are four different raster layers and six data layers (that means all the map data is sent in its raw form and rendered as visual elements by the browser) that may be visible depending on the bounding box and zoom level of the map."
cartography  crowdsourcing  flickr  stamen  maps  osm  mapping  location  openstreetmap  agitpropproject  the2837university  aaronstraupcope 
august 2010 by robertogreco
Gray Area Foundation – Culture Debate’s Review of City Centered
"The City Centered Festival of Locative Media & Urban Community brought together a broad range of practices from artists, researchers, urban planners, community organisers, educators & computer programmers...
gaffta  stamen  bencerveny  sanfrancisco  preemptivemedia  brookesinger  senseablecities  cities  mit  urbancomputing  ubicomp  planning  urban  urbanism  mobile  phones  data  rfid  gps  locativemedia  location  maps  mapping  emmawhittakercitycenteredfestival 
august 2010 by robertogreco
Eddy
"Eddy is a media aggregation platform built for the public display of up-to-the-minute activity on realtime services like Twitter. It offers three primary features: rapid collection and curation of what people are saying about an event, moderation of acceptable material, and speedy, reliable republishing of these conversational streams. Setup of the application is fast and easy, and made specifically for use by interactive media designers. Eddy makes data available in formats specifically designed for publishing on the web, allowing developers to quickly iterate design concepts with real world data and to launch without fuss."
stamen  twitter  twittertools  visualization  aggregation  aggregator  applications  realtime  media  live 
june 2010 by robertogreco
Archives & Museum Informatics: Museums and the Web 2010: Papers: Cope, A.S., Buckets and Vessels
"With the mass of digital "stuff" growing around us every day and simple tools for self-organization evolving beyond individuals into communities of suggestions, is the curatorial prerogative itself becoming a social object?

This paper examines the act of association, the art of framing and the participatory nature of robots in creating artifacts and story-telling in projects like Flickr Galleries, the API-based Suggestify project (which provides the ability to suggest locations for other people's photos) and the increasing number of bespoke (and often paper-based) curatorial productions."
curation  archives  archive  art  flickr  galleries  geotagging  commons  stamen  museums  21stcenturyskills  21stcentury  communities  community  paper  social  data  aaronstraupcope 
april 2010 by robertogreco
The art of data visualization: Stamen Design event wrapup | Hacks/Hackers
"The art of making sense of data — and it is truly an art — is a key element in building the future of journalism. Interactive presentations created from data can be personalized by the reader, giving a more engaging news experience. Data-based applications can also lead to new business models, through paid or subscription-based applications that give extra value to readers by providing a new dimension on news coverage.

One of the leaders in data visualization is Stamen Design, which has worked with news organizations and museums alike to help make sense of the world through its unique views of data.

Speaking to a Hacks/Hackers event this week at the Gray Area Foundation For The Arts, Stamen founder Eric Rodenbeck discussed some of his firm’s work and philosophy."
gaffta  graphicdesign  infographics  mapping  maps  stamen  visualization  art  data  design 
april 2010 by robertogreco
Indirect Collaboration: Collective Creativity on the Web: Q&A With Shawn Allen of Stamen Design
"The tighter our connection with the client, the faster things happen. We appreciate that some clients are going to defer to us on every design-related decision, but the smart ones who can call us out and involve themselves in the process are typically more fun to work with. We thrive on fast-paced projects, rapid iteration, and constructive feedback."
via:migurski  iteration  design  collaboration  interviews  process  clients  stamen  feedback  constructivecriticism  projects  tcsnmy  howwework 
february 2010 by robertogreco
user research friday (tecznotes)
"Flickr's ability to successfully respond with this kind of deft flexibility to a crisis is a result of a caring, trusting relationship between site & users. This relationship seems to extend to all areas of the site...

The negative way of phrasing my argument is that it's hard to test everything, and doubly hard to test new things. Some stuff you just have to push out into the world and see what happens.

The positive way of phrasing my argument is that for the astonishing and the novel, you're better off pushing your ideas into the real world early, and testing with the reactions of real people who aren't self-consciously test subjects. Start small, listen carefully to your users, and grow in the direction where they want to take you. Give yourself room to fail, and understand that the trust of your fellow travelers is an important part of the equation.

The doubly-positive way of phrasing my argument is Just Effing Do It."
community  flickr  innovation  stamen  tcsnmy  usertesting  userresearch  research  small  testing  michalmigurski  twitter  walkingpapers  maps  mapping  trust  lcproject  care  do  doing  iteration  honesty  aaronstraupcope 
february 2010 by robertogreco
the hose drawer (tecznotes)
"The pattern we see here is to keep crises small and frequent, as Ed Catmull of Pixar says in an excellent recent talk. When describing the difficulty Pixar's artists had with reviews ("it's not ready for you to look at"), he realized that the only way to break through resistance to reviews was to increase the frequency until no one could reasonably expect to be finished in time for theirs. The point was to gauge work in motion, not work at rest. "So often that you won't even notice it," said Elwood Blues."
michalmigurski  design  twitter  flow  progress  datamining  measurement  data  iteration  learning  improvement  sharing  glvo  criticism  reviews  stamen  process  work  unproduct 
february 2010 by robertogreco
Tile Drawer
"Tile Drawer makes designing and hosting custom maps simple and straightforward. The project lets anyone run their own OpenStreetMap server in the cloud with one-step configuration and zero administration. Tile Drawer is a product of Stamen Design’s Michal Migurski.

[intro here: http://mike.teczno.com/notes/tile-drawer.html ]
maps  mapping  drawing  cartography  gis  osm  openstreetmap  michalmigurski  utility  stamen 
august 2009 by robertogreco

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