Design your own beautiful maps

If you love cities, then I’m willing to bet you probably also love maps.

I just stumbled across a neat tool called Map Stack. It was created by San Francisco-based Stamen Design–probably one of the leaders in beautiful maps. The tool is one part Photoshop and one part Mapbox, and it allows you to quickly create an endless array of cool looking maps. Like these:

I spent 2 minutes and made a watercolor version of Toronto’s financial district:

This tool aside, I also really like Mapbox. When we were designing and building Dirt, we ended up using them for our map underlay because we wanted something beautiful and we didn’t love Google Maps for that reason. Though we missed Google Streetview, we were happy with the decision. Other apps using Mapbox include Foursquare and Pinterest.