Cartisan is a digital product development agency, specialising in transforming maps and data into tools that empower people to solve problems and tell stories.

Clients choose us when they want fresh ideas, and innovation solutions to complex problems.

Founded in 2018 by Stella Blake-Kelly, our digital products have been used by 100+ organisations and 100,000+ users across Australia and New Zealand.

Working with trusted partners, Cartisan coordinates the development of interactive maps, data workflows, and bespoke web applications.


Our purpose is to make location data and technology more accessible to more businesses, more industries, and more people.

Founder / Director

Stella blake-kelly
Picture of a map and a friendly looking cartographer.

Stella is a product manager and digital cartographer, who delivers innovative geospatial products for government and the private sector.

She leads diverse teams to support clients with all stages of the product development lifecycle, from strategy to design and implementation.

With a multidisciplinary background covering product management, market analysis, GIS, and publishing, she brings a unique creative and technical skillset to projects.

Stella is a geographer at heart, and passionate about the potential of applying a location perspective to problem solving and storytelling. She regularly volunteers with GeoRabble and speaks about GIS at events, and to anyone that will listen.

She founded Cartisan with the aim of reducing the barriers decision makers encounter when engaging with location data and technology. She believes that by making data-driven approaches more accessible, decision makers can have greater impact. Combined with new technology, that impact can be faster and scaled to widespread effect.

Stella is a strong supporter of everything open: open source technology, open data, and open minded approaches.

PGDip., Geographic Information Science
Victoria University of Wellington, NZ

BSc., Geography, Environmental Studies
Victoria University of Wellington, NZ
Lancaster University, UK

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