Behind the Design Watercolor Maptiles via the Cooper Hewitt Museum [Live] – May 18, 2021

Behind the Design Watercolor Maptiles via the Cooper Hewitt Museum [Live] – May 18, 2021

Behind the Design Watercolor Maptiles via the Cooper Hewitt Museum [Live] - May 18, 2021

Join Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum for the latest installment in the Behind the Design program series. Curator Andrea Lipps, conservator Jessica Walthew, and Stamen Design’s founder and creative director Eric Rodenbeck will discuss Watercolor Maptiles—a web-based, open-source mapping tool that displays OpenStreetMap’s data with the hand-hewn textures of watercolor paint.

Launched by Stamen Design in 2012, Watercolor Maptiles is part of the design firm’s larger web-based cartographic project to create accessible, open-source tools that present public data in highly visual ways. To explore and use the map, users can zoom in and out, enter a location into the geo search bar, or just scroll around and create images for embedding into their own open-source projects.

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