Top 5 Interesting Basemaps of 2019

5. Charted Territory

This basemap takes its inspiration from a printed atlas plate and pull-down scholastic classroom maps. (more details)

Avo Patlong took this basemap and modified it into a “1950s styled” version.

4. Western Map

Elizabeth Sutherland at the Western University of Canada created this map in the style of the WU school colors. (more details)

3. Seasons

Andrew Skinner and the Esri Basemaps team put together a series of four basemaps, each one representing one of the seasons of the year. It has minimal labels and is designed to draw attention to your thematic content.

2. Pop Art

This basemap celebrates the “pop art” movement from the 1950s-1960s. (more details)

1. Breath of the World

Jonah Adkins created a vector basemap replicating the style of the Nintendo video game The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. (more details / item page)

Honorable Mentions

I wanted to list a few more basemaps here that I found notable:

  • Newspaper – This basemap, designed by Esri, has been around for a few years but I still enjoy the newsprint look and feel.
  • Primary Colors – I created this map for the January Codepen challenge – it focuses on three primary colors – blue, red, yellow.
  • A Children’s Map – Created by Andrew Skinner, focuses on simple, childhood themes.

Do you have an idea for a basemap of your own? Create your own in the ArcGIS Vector Tile Style Editor. (Step by step guide can be found here.) If you do, please post the link in the comments below!