In 2012, Stamen Design published a "Trees, Cabs, and Crime"
Francisco. The map overlaid the locations of trees, cab routes, and reported crimes in
an attempt to present an image of the city through a unique lens. The visualization
displayed the social and atmospheric geography of San Francisco, allowing its viewers
to see the shapes of urban and natural spaces, while keeping the map uncluttered by
removing street names, neighborhood divisions, artificial borders, as well as the
various associations viewers have with those constructs. I decided to do something
similar for Stanford.
While official maps of the campus produced by the university are often overloaded with
street names, bus stops, and building numbers, such maps convey very little about the
character and atmosphere of the places they depict. By contrast, I hope to help viewers
discern the characteristics of different locales in Stanford’s campus, from the bustling
quad to the large plots of undeveloped wooded land. Although the different environments
may seem obvious to the students, faculty, and others who spend their days on the campus,
my map formalizes these environments and grounds them in data.
The data-richness of the map means it takes a while to load, so here is an image of it.
If you desire the original in all of its SVG glory, it can be found
. Enter at your own
risk. I've had to restart my computer more times than I can count for that page. To
strike a balance between quality and mental stability, check out