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Infosthetics readers might know Stamen Design as one of the front-runners and innovators that drove the popularity of data visualization. With works like Oakland Crimespotting, Cabspotting and Trulia Hindsight, they combined the concept of mapping with new kinds of geo-located data. After some mass audience exposure through online live Twitter visualizations alongside various MTV awards, Stamen somehow disappeared a bit from the infosthetics radar.

For those who are curious on what Stamen was up to, Erik just published an overview of
what they did in 2011 [stamen.com]. Many of their works can be viewed online, such as a very stylized view of the Netherlands above [vpro.nl], interactive data graphics conveying the G8 and EU's spending commitments to Africa [one.org], a map showing various US broadband statistics [broadbandmap.gov], or travel time and housing prices map for the Bay Area [onebayarea.org].

Others show an increased interested in alternative media, including the iPhone (TripAdvisor City Guides), the iPad ("The World" app for National Geographic), television (more colorful MTV hyperactive awards, but also a map for an Oprah TV show [oprah.com]) or a wish to equip inflight Wifi-enabled laptops [mondowindow.com] with real-time 3D maps.

Additional results include mapping libraries that have been made freely available, such as those that focus on only showing buildings ("[map=yes]) or displaying dots on maps ("DotSpotting").

You can now also own a piece of Stamen geographical mapping in your home, for instance in the form of a printed art work [20x200.com], or, why not, very beautiful and fully-localized blankets and napkins [softcities.net].

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