There doesn’t seem to be a day that goes by anymore without us seeing some far out data visualization using CartoDB. From modeling the Alcatraz escape routes to mapping the Starwars Galaxy our users know how to keep us impressed. Our goal in it all is to continuously make our platform easier to use and to give you the tools that make your maps shine. As part of that march forward, today we wanted to show off two new basemaps available in the CartoDB editor.

We collaborated with Stamen Design to develop these maps specifically for data visualization uses. They are meant to be quiet but hardworking layers that helps you showcase your own data. They will give your viewers geospatial context while they zoom around your maps. The maps come in two color themes so that you can make your data shine in any scenario. And we give you the ability to use either map with or without labels, helping you customize any map.

Positron

Dark Matter

These maps are built using data from OpenStreetMap, which means that they are up-to-date with the latest data coming from mapping efforts around the world. It means that if you see pieces missing, you have the ability to update or edit those features directly from your browser.

These maps were built with love. Use them and enjoy them without limitations. If you are curious about how to use them in your own projects, read the full write-up here.

Happy mapping!