studio ames


Sr. Product Designer

Nov 2019 - Present

Principal Product Designer

Oct 2017 - Oct 2019

Sr. Product Designer (Maps)

Jun 2014 - Oct 2017

Product Designer
Oct 2007 - Jul 2011



Map Design 101

Teaching best practices for modern map design.
The biggest differentiator of the Mapbox offering is customization. I authored this 128-book when the Mapbox CEO charged me with pushing map designers “beyond the default”. 

This book systematized the map design process by analyzing the complexities of map design, identifying core design elements fluid and fixed, and then simplifying for a wider audience.

The first version launched in Oct 2017 online alongside a live webinar and in-person event. Jun 2018, at Mapbox’s first user conference, I released the printed version. Spreads below:


Over 800 editions of this guide have been printed and distributed. It has also been downloaded online over 4,000 times. The goals for the guide aligned with early Marketing efforts to improve map designs and grow active developers; however direct metrics on impact of the guide has been hard to track.

I have used this content to facilitate internal Map Design sprints as well as hour long Map Design / Intro to Mapbox Studio sessions that pulled from and evolved this content.

The guide sent to new Mapbox Enterprise clients, used to onboard new hired, and distributed at Mapbox booths at conferences and event worldwide.

Internal map design training session

Portfolio of Amy Lee Walton