Andy Skinner

Andy is a Cartographic Designer who has been building maps for 50 years. He has been working with Esri in Redlands for 14 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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Old School: Adapting Esri Basemaps for Printed Products

Esri Basemaps can be used to support printed products, but there, but adjustments may be needed.

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Working with Esri Vector Basemaps in ArcGIS Pro

Esri Vector Basemaps are available for use in ArcGIS Pro, and that opens up some possibilities for you. (Updated from 2018)

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Basemap… or just ‘Map’?

Edit and customize base labels and blur the lines of what's possible with a basemap...

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A Layered ‘Physical Geography’ Basemap

Prototype Monochromatic 'Physical Geography' basemaps that use the same structure as the 'Human Geography' basemaps.

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Beyond Web Mercator: Building basemaps in different projections

Using ArcGIS Pro to build 'Human Geography' style vector basemaps in different projections, for use in ArcGIS Online

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Working with Enhanced Contrast basemaps to improve accessibility

The new ‘Enhanced Contrast’ basemaps are a starting point for building an accessible map.

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Four Seasons Styles

Simple customizations of vector basemaps based on the seasons.

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Imagery Fade-in

Building a basemap that will transition into imagery at large scales.

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Map Bases: Mixing it up

Now, the traditional ‘basemap’ is only the starting point for creating a background for your map.

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