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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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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Customizing Esri Vector Basemaps – The Basics: Sprites

Adding to or substituting sprite symbols and patterns in vector basemaps using the ArcGIS Vector Tile Style Editor.

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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 new possibilities for you.

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Customizing Esri Vector Basemaps: The Basics revisited

This is a blog and a sequence of story maps, looking at the mechanics of customizing Esri's vector basemaps. An updated edition is available.

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Working with and Customizing Esri Vector Basemaps: The Basics

Have you ever had that moment where you thought 'This basemap would work really well, if only ...'? Now you can edit them yourself.

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Working with Fonts and Sprites: Being Creative with Esri Vector Tiles

Updated December 8, 2017:  The Esri Vector Basemaps were recently updated to a new version (v2). The best way to access them in ArcGIS O...

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