2011 was the year data visualization and custom mapping moved firmly into the mainstream of digital design work, and our client roster at least partially reflects this trend. We also saw two major museums recognize this kind of work, signaling a growing understanding that this work is moving from the realms of research into genre. Open source projects continued to be a major source of interest and value for our projects, client-facing and otherwise. And we took two first quiet steps into product design based on open data, both directly supporting the efforts of the mapping volunteers at Open Street Map, whose efforts are increasingly being seen as a reliable alternative to propietary geographic solutions. This kind of effort, where we can do good and earn money at the same time, is core to the studio’s practice and I’m delighted to be able to still be in a position to support it, ten years on.
The “2011 DATA Report” provides a final verdict on the commitments that were made by the G8 and EU to sub-Saharan Africa in 2005, and which were due in 2010. As shown in the interactive version of the report, developed by Stamen Design, the key findings show that despite historic increases and remarkable results over the past decade, donors still fell short of meeting their promises.