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Make Your First Custom Map in Under 30 Minutes

Have you ever wanted to make one of those beautiful maps that you see in The Washington Post and The New York Times, but you're not sure where to start?

I've created a quick tutorial that will bring you from no experience to having your own custom map in under 30 minutes. In this tutorial, I'll show you:

1. How to navigate around Mapbox Studio.

2. What information you need in your dataset.

3. How to quickly style a custom basemap.

4. How to style your data layer on your map.

5. How to share your cool new map!

We'll use the NYC Open Data on the health of Manhattan trees to create a map similar to this (yours will look slightly different based on your design decisions!). It shows every tree in Manhattan and is colored based on the health of the tree (dead/stump, poor, fair, or good).


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Each of the seven lessons have a ~2 minute video tutorial along with step-by-step instructions. You'll be up and running in no time. Sample of what each lesson looks like:


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Your Instructor


Alli Torban
Alli Torban

Hi Fellow Data Vizzer! My mission is to help you be a more effective analyst, journalist or artist by giving you the tools you need to create meaningful data visualizations.


My background is in Mathematics & Geospatial Intelligence, and I'm currently a Data Visualization Designer at the American Enterprise Institute. I also bring data viz inspiration and actionable tips to thousands of people around the world through my podcast Data Viz Today!


I've led software training for all skill levels - from my grandmother to top Pentagon officials. I've also been hired by top companies like Mapbox to create video tutorials for their users because of my ability to break down tasks in a way that anyone can understand. I started these courses because I want to help you learn new things and achieve your data viz goals.


I hope they're useful to you, and I'd love to hear from you - contact me any time!


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Kind words...

"I had looked at Mapbox previously but it just seemed too complicated and hard to know where to start. By having a practical, worked-through example in your tutorial, it took some of the mystery away from the process and now I feel equipped to develop my knowledge and understanding of Mapbox. Thank you for your effort in putting this together."

- Kevin C.

"Thanks a lot, Alli, for your efforts here, my first time hearing about Mapbox and I'm pretty sure I'll be using it going forward."

- Zeyad O.

Frequently Asked Questions


Who is this course for?
This is for anyone interested in learning more about mapping datasets. I offer a coding option at the end in order to embed your map, but it's optional. You can create, edit and share your map without code.
When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.

A year ago, I taught myself how to use Mapbox by poking through their user guide and tutorials. It's been an amazing experience and opened so many doors for me. But I know first-hand that it's a little intimidating and confusing at first. Let me help you get oriented and off to the races in under 30 minutes. There are so many possibilities for amazing data visualization when you learn how to use Mapbox. Like this or this! Join me for this free course and let's get mapping! :)


*Note: This course is not affiliated with Mapbox, Inc.

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