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How to Use Custom Graphics for Graduated Symbols in ArcGIS Pro & ArcGIS Online

Graduated symbols? Sweet. Here’s how to go beyond the defaults and start applying your own pictographic prowess to your map. A similar effect was used in Ken Field’s Election Pollocks and in this tree map by Alan Halter of Austin, TX, that won the 2019 Esri map gallery prize for best cartography.

It’s also how I made this split graduated symbol election map a while back:

Happy Symbol Swapping! John

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I have far too much fun looking for ways to understand and present data visually, hopefully driving product strategy and engaging users. I work in the Content team at Esri, pushing and pulling data in all sorts of absurd ways -and then talking about it. I also get to spend time with the Story Maps team, working on fun and useful user experiences. When I'm not doing those things, I'm chasing around toddlers and wrangling chickens, and generally getting into other ad-hoc adventures. Life is good. Loads more how-to posts: My YouTube channel: Loads of Styles for Pro: Instagram:


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Alex Friant
Alex Friant

Super cool! I’m enjoying this Khan Academy style of tutorials, plus the music was so relaxing. I need to listen to that style of music while working for similar effect 😉

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