Amy Lee wants more designers creating beautiful, functional custom maps for web and mobile products and apps. Senior Cartographer and Design Experience & Engagement Lead at Mapbox, Amy Lee uncovers and shares best practices for modern map design. Her passion for applying design principles to platform development led her to write a 128-page, Guide to Map Design. Amy Lee deeply understands designer/engineer workflows, the designer toolkit, and how to cultivate successful customer experiences with brands that leverage big data.

Amy Lee mastered graphic design at the Maryland Insitute College of Art (MICA), A/B tested interactive and advertorial design methods at, built interactive brand experiences at Garrigan Lyman Group and Hobsons, and was trained to function at the intersection of businesses and technology at the University of Cincinnati.

She has spoken at Typographics 2018, San Francisco Design Week 2018, Portland Design Week 2017, Tallahassee Design Week 2016, and twice at the North American Cartographic Information Society (NACIS). Her work has been featured in and on The Atlas of Design, Wired, Communication Arts, Architectural Digest, DC, Revision Path podcast, Dissection Podcast, and All Tech Considered (NPR).

Amy Lee works bi-coastly between the Bay and the DMV; operating and communicating across multiple timezones. She has spend two years on the Executive Board as Chair then Vice President for 300 person non-profit, Thursday Network (TN), the young professionals auxiliary of the Greater Washington Urban League (GWUL).

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Mapbox, Cartography

Whaam! was inspired by a Roy Lichtenstein original at the @walkerartcenter. Early in his career, Lichtenstein worked as a comic book artist which inspired his later work.

To give the style a more comic book look, I constrainted my design to four stylistic mainstays: primary color palette, thick black outlines, “Ben Day” dot texture, and starbursts.

Mapbox, Cartography

During the summer of 2015, inspired by some blueprint schematics of the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D I got for my birthday, I designed the Blueprint map. Eager to test the latest version of Mapbox Studio, I decided to redesign the style taking full advantage of Mapbox GL rendering awesomeness. 

I worked with a limited color palette of three blues and a single typeface, FF Kievit, in order to capture the bold yet sophisticated graphic quality of architectural blueprints.

The Vintage
Mapbox, Cartography

Many classic maps contain detailed styling on the oceans and bodies of water surrounding the continents. This styling shows bathymetry, the measurement of the depth of water in oceans, seas, or lakes. The same way that topographic maps represent three-dimensional features (or relief) of overland terrain, bathymetric maps illustrate the land that lies underwater. 

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Swiss Ski
Mapbox, Cartography

Traditional ski maps feature steep slopes, ski routes, and snowboard routes over a contour heavy topographic base. The topography creates a detailed visualization of depth (or relief) of the cultural and natural features. Inspired by Swisstopo maps, this style highlights elevation contour lines along with specific ski features such as gondolas, chair lifts, and piste paths.

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Studio Ames
Washington, DC