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Stamen Design stylizes online mapping

Why go with Google Maps when you can have a wash of  Watercolor or crisp contrasty Toner?

If you’ve ever wished that the utilitarian world of online mapping could become more attractive or interesting, Stamen Design has created three stylized mapping filters to answer the call. Stamen’s maps are built on OpenStreetMap data and are usable under a Creative Commons License, which is especially cool because Google is beginning to charge more online outfits for using its maps. Go ahead and cruise around maps.stamen.com or check out Philly below.

Toner looks sharp in high contrast.

Watercolor renders the hard edges of a city grid dreamy.

Terrain gives texture to the landscape.

Stamen’s mapping project was funded through a Knight News Challenge project.

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