Stamen Design’s Watercolour Map


Stamen Design are a bespoke design and technology company based in San Francisco. They have a reputation for creating wonderful looking maps, often with OpenStreetMap data, and their latest map is quite stunning – the Watercolour Map. The textures applied to the map give it a lovely, hand-drawn look, although of course it’s actually some very clever programming that is allowing the imagery to be produced automatically – for the entire world.

Stamen go into detail on the textures and the general creation process in wonderful detail on their blog, which also introduces the style and two others.

Map imagery CC-By Stamen Design, based on OpenStreetMap data CC-By-SA OpenStreetMap contributors.

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