Emulating MapBox

Did you see this new Esri ArcGIS for Developers website go up? My initial comment:

Yea, HTML5 is teh awesome, right? But you can’t but help to notice that it looks like someone else in the industry. Noted others:

I’d like to think there wasn’t malicious intent here, just that those who created it want to be like MapBox and Developement Seed. Still, when the 800lb (363kg) gorilla does things like this, you can’t but help call it a dick move.

The Dude

Not Cool

  • Jeremy VanGelder

    And slippy maps emulate Google Maps. Is that “not cool”? There might be some background information that I am missing, but it seems reasonable to me that when someone creates a good product, other people will create similar products.

    • http://www.spatiallyadjusted.com/ James Fee

      Copying your brand is different than copying functionality. It would be as if Esri copied google’s logo.

  • Jeremy VanGelder

    And slippy maps emulate Google Maps. Is that “not cool”? There might be some background information that I am missing, but it seems reasonable to me that when someone creates a good product, other people will create similar products.

    • http://www.spatiallyadjusted.com/ James Fee

      Copying your brand is different than copying functionality. It would be as if Esri copied google’s logo.

  • $1783700

    Honestly if I am mapbox I feel totally flattered that ESRI is trying to look like me. But otherwise this gripe sounds whiney. So there are some similarities. It would not be too difficult to find other sites that look similar. What if the design is just popular? They didn’t copy their logo or anything. (That’s me, contradicting James since 1973, hope you are well)

    • http://www.spatiallyadjusted.com/ James Fee

      Look, I’ve got no dog in this fight. But MapBox has done much in the past year to create a look and feel that separates them from just about anyone else. I’m not saying Esri can’t go bootstrapish, but this thing just smells of MapBox.

  • $1783700

    Honestly if I am mapbox I feel totally flattered that ESRI is trying to look like me. But otherwise this gripe sounds whiney. So there are some similarities. It would not be too difficult to find other sites that look similar. What if the design is just popular? They didn’t copy their logo or anything. (That’s me, contradicting James since 1973, hope you are well)

    • http://www.spatiallyadjusted.com/ James Fee

      Look, I’ve got no dog in this fight. But MapBox has done much in the past year to create a look and feel that separates them from just about anyone else. I’m not saying Esri can’t go bootstrapish, but this thing just smells of MapBox.

  • Nothing

    I find it very disturbing that the majority of GIS folks, particularly goverment, have no idea that MapBox exists, but as soons as ESRI releases it, decides it looks nice and is functional. ESRI is the catch-up on the web space, not the leader. Our government agencies claim to be broke, but wont go out and use these simple, beautfiul technologies unless thier ESRI overlords tells them its OK.

    • Guest

      I personally think that mapbox has a great product.

  • Nothing

    I find it very disturbing that the majority of GIS folks, particularly goverment, have no idea that MapBox exists, but as soons as ESRI releases it, decides it looks nice and is functional. ESRI is the catch-up on the web space, not the leader. Our government agencies claim to be broke, but wont go out and use these simple, beautfiul technologies unless thier ESRI overlords tells them its OK.

    • Guest

      I personally think that mapbox has a great product.