Data visualization was named by Deloitte’s as one of the top technology trends for 2011, and heading our way shortly as part of creative extravaganza We Can Create is Eric Rodenbeck, the founder and creative director of Stamen Design—a company renowned for creating compelling data visualization.
New York-born Rodenbeck studied architecture at Cooper Union and paid his way through university in a number of ways, including drawing plans for offices at the World Trade Centre and managing farmer’s markets in New York. The man with an eclectic background has illustrated and designed at Wired Magazine and Wired Books, and was a co-founder of the design collective Umwow. All up he’s been working in, on and around interactive design since 1997, working to extend the boundaries of online media and live information visualization. He is a sought-after speaker and has delivered talks at Yale University, OFF in Barcelona and South by Southwest, among others.
He founded Stamen Design back San Francisco in 2001.The company occupies a creatively stimulating space somewhere between developmental research and design. A close relationship with technology clients has led the company to explore numerous research projects which have a way of finding applications in the real world.
Stamen Design looks for clients that provide it with broad and varied design challenges: providing live views of social networking, covering live bicycle races over the internet, even "describing the lifetime output of an all-but-uncategorizable artist/architect."