Jonah Adkins

Cartography, OpenStreetMap, Open Data, Music, Disney, Sports Cards, Pro-Wrestling, and Ink.

Back 2 School 2

11 Feb 2018 » cartography, esri


tl;dr Back 2 School 2: Projection Boogaloo

A few years ago, I put together a cartographic mixtape called “The Purple Mixtape: Mapbox Studio Sessions”. A play on the legendary cassette version of Raekwon the Chef’s “Only Built for Cuban Linx”. One of the tracks/maps focused on a map I had recently purchased from a vintage shop, and old classroom style map. I called it Back to School


Since I started using ArcGIS Pro, and learning it can create vector tiles in any projection, I wanted to go back to “Back To School” and recreate the map in its native projection, Lambert Azimuthal Equal Area.

This was a fairly easy task involving creating a zoom scheme, and vector tile index using the custom projection for each. After the tiles were published, I had to clean-up a few label issues, but overall they came out pretty clean.


Check out Back 2 School 2: Projection Boogaloo in all its equal area glory!

Please feel free to email me or hit me up on twitter if you want some more details or have any general questions.