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We design and build maps and data visualizations in San Francisco's Mission District for a wide variety of happy clients. Hire us!

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Since 2001, Stamen has developed a reputation for beautiful and technologically sophisticated projects in a diverse range of commercial and cultural settings. We work and play with a surprising and growing range of collaborators: news media, financial institutions, artists and architects, car manufacturers, design agencies, museums, technology firms, political action committees, and universities.

Find out more about who we are, or view Stamen client work and research projects. A selection of essays and works-in-progress may be found at our studio blog.

Read about Stamen in: The New York Times | The New York Times (2) | The Wall Street Journal | Forbes | The Economist | The New York Times | CNN | The Guardian | Esquire and Contagious | Wired UK | Fast Company (2) (3)

Sep 9, 2014

Stamen is hiring a Design Director

"Nobody makes data accessible and beautiful like Stamen."—Fast Company


Stamen is an award winning, internationally acclaimed creative studio with a large body of work at the intersection of social good, art, and commerce. Our work lives everywhere from leading newspapers, to Fortune 500 brands, to major museum collections, to prime time television.

Stamen is known as an innovator in data visualization and mapping. While that's what we're known for, it's really a side-effect of our incessant curiosity and passion for creating beauty. As we continue to engage in increasingly ambitious data visualization projects, our curiosity and drive are also leading us in new directions: we're undertaking interactive installations, tangible data visualizations, and conceptual projects that will define the future of design and technology.

Our commitment to our values is written in the work we have done. Here's proof that we're not fucking around.



Social Good


Our work is eclectic, so we need someone flexible. Our clients and partners are demanding, so we need someone experienced. Our team is passionate, so we need someone kind and wise. And serious creativity is non-negotiable.

We're looking for someone with a pragmatic, proven ability to work with Fortune 500 companies brand identities, as well as someone who embraces the creative chaos inherent to conceiving and collaborating on experimental art.

We're looking for someone who knows the standard design process, has done it, and is ready to break those rules. Some projects need wireframes. Some need interactive prototypes out of the gate. Some clients work from brand books. Some don't. We do both, and you'll be adept at traversing that gap.

You'll have experience managing designers and working directly with developers, clients and communicating design concepts effectively, delivering enough detail for developers to build designs and also be ready to iterate with engineers on live code.

If you have all that, we won't sweat the details.


You'll lead the art department, plain and simple. At a minimum that will mean:

  • direct management, leadership and mentorship of at least two designers
  • hands-on UI & UX for data visualizations, digital interactives, and physical installations
  • establishing and refining design processes
  • being on the senior management team
  • leading design on a range of client projects

Ideally we would like someone who:

  • has managed a design team while designing themselves
  • leads and mentors designers
  • speaks publicly about design

This is a full-time job in San Francisco's Mission District.

Qualified applicants will have an online portfolio; no attachments please! jobs (at)

Recent Projects

September 9: Mapping Climate Change

July 17: Mapping Methane Leaks

July 8: Tableau Maps

Read about the project in Wired

June 18: Visualizing Obamacare

June 13: Visualizing Sea Level Rise

March 27: Mapping Social Media and Parks

March 20: Visualizing Bitcoin MtGox 500

December 16: Mapping the Golden Gate Recreation Area

November 20: Pinterest Maps

October 30: Surging Seas v2

June 12: Mapstack: Maps for All

April 22: Mapping the Health of the Chesapeake Bay

Everything, everything:

Integrating Instagram with MTV Social Voting 3d Maps in a Browser

Google Free and Open

Mapping the Private Bus Networks of Silicon Valley

Facebook: Mapping how Viral Stories Spread

Facebook Stories: Mapping the World's Friendships

Visualizing NASDAQ Financial Data

Chernobyl Diaries: Creepymaps

The Weather Channel Hurricane Tracker

The Weather Channel Travel Planner

Field Papers

MoMA Talk To Me

National Geographic The World iPad App


MTV | MTV MTV Live Twitter visualizations

Trees, Cabs and Crime in San Francisco


Bing Maps Cartography

Nike Grid

Oakland Crimespotting

San Francisco Crimespotting

Cheerio maps

Walking Papers

CNN Home and Away


Hope for Haiti



Mondo Window

NBC Olympics 2010

Soft Cities

SOM Digital City 1

SOM Digital City 2

Trulia Snapshot

Nike Basketball Playoffs Twitter Visualization

Oakland Crimespotting Heat Maps

MTV Movie Awards 2010

Flickr Clock

MSNBC Historical Hurricane Maps

SFMOMA Artscope

Cloudmade: Fresh

Cloudmade: Pale Dawn

Cloudmade: Midnight Commander

Adobe Kuler Community Pulse

Maps From Scratch




London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games

Data visualization, SOM, and the Transbay Tower

Acconci Story

SFMOMA Interactive companion

California Academy of Sciences

MSNBC Hurricane Tracker

Yahoo! Nikon Stunning Gallery

MySociety Travel Time Maps

Trulia Hindsight

GlobalVoicesOnline Maps

Digg Swarm / Digg Arc / Digg BigSpy / Digg Stack / Digg Pics

Hello Oakland


Graffiti Archaeology

Global Business Network

USC Anneneberg Center for Communication

Mapping photos on with Mappr

Pro Choice America


Root Markets


Quokka Sports

Adobe: Amgen Tour of California

In The News / Vox Delicii

Empty City

Macromedia: MX