Simple map design tool from Stamen

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6 Responses to “Simple map design tool from Stamen”

  1. benjymous says:

    “Map Stack is closed.
    Normally, the service operates Monday to Friday between 11am and 5pm Pacific Standard Time, or by appointment”

    Quaint.

    • Kobie says:

      Yeah, weird.  I’ve seen a couple of Jewish owned sites that close on the Sabbath, but keeping office hours (including a nice lie-in) is a new one. Are the maps drawn by hand the the background?

      • anonotwit says:

        I can think of two scenarios. Number one, they’re trying to conserve power (and hence money) by not powering up the server(s) during “off” hours.

        Number two, the app needs access to somebody else’s data and/or computing resources, and that organization has limited the times at which they can access it. Perhaps even for reasons that would make sense.

        • It’s actually quite odd. They just look like renders based on their map tiles, which you can see here anyway: http://maps.stamen.com/#watercolor/12/37.7706/-122.3782

          I guess the rendering must be done on someone’s local machine? Sounds a bit mad to me, but maybe I’m missing something.

  2. SamSam says:

    I am bewildered, but also kind of pleasantly shocked, at a website that has “office hours.”

    Is the server someone’s home computer?

    But the more I thought about it the cooler I thought it was. It’s made me more excited to come back in a couple hours when its open. Perhaps this is the feeling that people who like to buy things have towards popup shops?

    It suddenly makes the web feel like a real place with people with their own schedules, as opposed to the completely asynchronous world I normally experience.

  3. I use Stamen’s map tiles in as many projects as I can – they’re all gorgeous.

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