Andy has been a Cartographic Designer working with Esri in Redlands for 7 years, most recently on the creation of some of Esri's basemaps, the Urban Observatory, and Green Infrastructure development. 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: askinner@esri.com

Recent Posts

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


For an interactive version of this blog click here. Vector Tile Layers are used to create multi-scale maps that are efficient, high-resolution and customizable. Since they became available the Esri Living Atlas Content Team has built vector tile versions of … Continue reading

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A Dark Version of the Human Geography Basemap


In February I wrote about the release of a new sample vector basemap, the Human Geography Basemap, built specifically to support maps with subjects related to human geography. By request, we have built a dark version, and this is also available, as … Continue reading

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A restructured ‘Terrain with Labels’ Vector Basemap


Following some feedback we have made changes to the structure of the ‘Terrain with Labels’ vector basemap. Previously the basemap was carried in one reference layer, with all information designed to sit above your subject layer. A high degree of … Continue reading

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Introducing a Human Geography Basemap


Esri just released a new sample vector basemap that is built specifically to make maps of subjects related to human geography. Just as the Topographic Basemap supports so many wonderful maps that require topography on a colorful basemap, the Human … Continue reading

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Replacing the Sample Atlas Application


In 2012 Esri released a sample application for building a thematic atlas online, and it proved to be popular with many of you who want users to be able to explore your maps easily and intuitively. It performed a useful … Continue reading

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Exploit Your Basemap


Updated December 15, 2016:  The Esri Vector Basemaps are no longer in beta release and are now available to use in production web maps and apps. The best way to access them in ArcGIS Online is through the Esri owned … Continue reading

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Location of Alaska on USA maps

By Andrew Skinner, Esri Design Cartographer

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At the recent Northwest GIS User Conference, Dorothy Mortenson commented on the location of Alaska on U.S. maps. Dorothy works for the Oregon Water Resources Department and is often tasked with mapping the Pacific Northwest, including Alaska. She made some very good points about why we should try to change the standard practice of placing the state of Alaska in the lower left corner of the page. Continue reading

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