Andy Skinner

Andy is a Cartographic Designer who has been working with Esri in Redlands for 13 years, most recently on the creation of some of Esri's vector basemaps, and the development of color ramps for ArcGIS Online. Prior to Esri, he was Manager of Cartographic Design at Rand McNally, and before that a Senior Cartographer at GeoSystems/MapQuest. He is originally from England, and worked for a number of years at what is now the University of Derby before moving to the USA. Andy can be contacted at:

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Branding a Basemap

You are building a map to use with an established brand identity. How do you get to a basemap that is a perfect fit?

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Polishing Your Halo

Improving the legibility of labels using haloes without breaking your map

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A Gray Accessible Basemap

Developing a single-color accessible basemap that meets WCAG/Section 508 guidelines

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Towards a DARK Accessible Basemap

Building a dark basemap that is accessible and/or color blind-safe – in particular, a map that complies with WCAG standards.

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Red … Green … What?

Sometimes it seems we are obsessed with using red and green in our maps, but for some people this is a problem.

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Towards an Accessible Basemap

Building basemaps that are accessible and/or color blind-safe – in particular, maps that comply with WCAG standards.

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What was old …

The blending tools in Map Viewer Beta are offering many new opportunities for rendering maps … and resurrecting some old ones.

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With a few steps … Customizing complex vector basemaps

Customizing Esri vector tile maps is easy these days, but our more complex basemaps can be daunting. They are not out of reach however…

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Revisited, reworked and reinvigorated: Meet the National Geographic Style Basemap

The National Geographic Style basemap moves to vector tiles, with a new and more-detailed background

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