ArcGIS Living Atlas

One Minute Map Hacks: 56-60

Hacks 1-5
Hacks 6-10
Hacks 11-15
Hacks 16-20
Hacks 21-25
Hacks 26-30
Hacks 31-35
Hacks 36-40
Hacks 41-45
Hacks 46-50
Hacks 51-55

Whew. This whole one-minute hack thing has maybe gotten out of control? How can there be sixty hacks? Pay no mind to the first 55 hacks; let’s just focus on this tidy little set of five, shall we?

You know how Firefly makes things glow and stuff and it’s just sort of an interesting aesthetic (with some hastily applied geo-viz rationalizations)? Well this handy new ArcGIS Online effect called “Bloom” is like a Firefly firehose, so stand back!

Making a dot density map of something? A dot is a nice little compact symbol…but it’s a bit arbitrary. Why not get weird and use something thematically related to your map’s subject? Here’s how to steal an SVG graphic from the wondrous but unsuspecting Calcite collection and use it instead of a boring old dot. Should you worry about the implication that readers might interpret the dot density map’s random symbol packing as a literal location? Maybe. Best to name/annotate/legend your map really clearly if this is a concern.

Ever have a hard time deciding which soup to order? They all sound pretty good; it’s hard to pick just one. I like to just to mix them together. Life is too short to have to pick just one discrete soup. This is the basemap version of that. End of description.

So many glorious glorious tables floating around out there with humble unassuming latitude and longitude columns. Turn that table into an honest to goodness map! Here’s how to do that in ArcGIS Online and Pro. It’s so fast and easy that is is both an Online demo and Pro demo in one one-minute hack! That is value, friends.

Would you like your labels, or some of your labels, to have a spotlight effect that wrapped in a glowy quality, calling extra attention to them? Here’s a hack for ArcGIS Pro that converts labels (which don’t support blend modes) to annotations (heyyyyy here come the blend modes), applies some offset effect tomfoolery, and some blending. Boom! Spotlight effect. Or like, reverse the colors so you have a nicely blended shadow. Give this a go, you probably won’t regret it much.

Ok, you’ll have had your five one-minute map hacks! Enjoy! Tuck these into your ever-growing toolkit of map shenanigans and go forth to do your good good work. I appreciate you and stand awkwardly inviting a virtual high-five.

Love, John

About the author

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 ArcGIS Living Atlas team at Esri, pushing and pulling data in all sorts of absurd ways and then sharing the process. I also design user experiences for maps and apps. 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. You might also like these Styles for ArcGIS Pro:

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