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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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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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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