Mapbox allows users to pull from a dozen basemap designs ranging from terrain to more creative historical- and comic-themed designs. The Mapbox Studio design tool is open source and you can look at the map and the coding side-by-side so that you can see exactly how each of your coded changes look in real time.

Mapbox is free to use, but if you want a large number of map views, data storage, and custom styles, there are pay-for-use plans available for upgrading.

The Mapbox showcase highlights projects undertaken by organizations ranging from Pinterest to National Geographic to Etsy that rely on the Mapbox framework.

Guides are available to walk users through making a map with Mapbox Editor as well as more detailed guides on how the Mapbox framework operates.


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Michael Dorsch

Michael is a doctoral student specializing in geography in the Earth and Environmental Sciences program at The Graduate Center, CUNY. He teaches in the Department of Geography at Hunter College, CUNY and also conducts research with the CUNY Institute for Sustainable Cities and the Science and Resilience Institute at Jamaica Bay. His research interests include using tools from geographic information systems and techniques from analytic cartography to visualize social and environmental inequities related to negative environmental exposures from energy production and industrial/post-industrial sites. Michael blogs on issues related to society/environment interactions, and his full CV is available at

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