Interactive Watercolor Maps by Stamen

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You might recognize the watercolored grid above as our very own. Yes, it really is downtown Phoenix, and yes, thanks to San Francisco-based design firm Stamen, you can now check out virtually any location casually offered on Google Maps -- in watercolor.

Stamen employees write that the company has been exploring cartography with its clients and in research for more than a decade.

Using OpenStreetMap data, the firm created an interactive online map that uses the raster effect area washes and organic edges over a paper texture.

Check out the interactive map below and see a large-scale version here.

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