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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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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Build-your-own Sandwich

If the basemap you want to use is not available as a 'sandwich' map (with a reference layer), you can create one yourself.

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Location, Location… Using sketch layers for an easy build

Locate your business (or anywhere else) in a multi-scale map with a minimum of effort.

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Color Ramps: Breaking away from presets

Creating your own color ramps when those available in ArcGIS Pro and ArcGIS Online are not working for you.

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New ways of customizing Esri Vector Basemaps

Recently there have been some improvements to the ways in which we can interact with Vector Tile Maps, and vector basemaps in particular

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New Map Viewer Color Ramps for 2021

New color ramps for the ArcGIS Online Map Viewer that look to fill some gaps in the current offerings.

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Mapping in Multi-Scale

How do you build an online map that works seamlessly across multiple scales?

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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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