You know, really never know what the web is going to throw at you next. The great people over at Stamen Design (if you’ve never heard of Stamen you are really missing out – they are probably the best data visualization company I know) have created a watercolor version of Open Street Maps.
Because they can.
It’s a wonderful example of how you, with the web, you can build on what others have done. Pictured below my home town of Vancouver – I suggest zooming out a little as the city really comes into focus when you can see more of its geography.
Some Bonus Awesomeness Facts about all this Stamen goodness:
- Stamen has a number of Creative Commons licensed map templates that you can use here (and links to GitHub repos)
- Stamen housed Code for America in its early days. So they don’t just make cool stuff. The pitch in and help out with cool stuff too.
- Former Code for America fellow Michael Evans works there now.