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How to Make this Corner Overview Globe in ArcGIS Pro

Let’s just put a happy little overview globe right there in the corner. Every map deserves an overview. And it can live wherever you like. It don’t matter; it’s your world—there is freedom in this layout.

0:06 Positive feedback? I’m going to follow this feeling.
0:37 Quick intro to the layers that comprise the overview globe.
0:53 Another nod to the incredibly useful generalized Moriarty linework.
2:42 Duplicating/isolating the area of interest from the other features…
3:04 …via a Definition Query
3:20 …and a gradient stroke hack to give it a slight dropshadow.
3:50 Using my favorite layer EVER to create a radial edge effect.
4:30 Changing the projection to the ever-handy World From Space.
5:11 How to tweak the projection parameters to “rotate” the perspective.
6:00 Describing the desired position of the overview map (not centered)
6:28 Actually tweaking the projection parameters to rotate the overview’s perspective.
7:11 Really actually tweaking the projection.
7:46 For realz really actually tweaking the projection. This is how it works, people!
8:05 Inserting the overview map as a Map Frame into the Layout.
8:52 Moving a Map Frame in the Layout vs navigating within the Map Frame.
9:31 How to get rid of that gull-dern 1pt black border around the Map Frame.
10:55 The subtle introduction of a hand-drawn logo that my daughter Willow made for me.

There you have it, my friends! Nothing to it. Overview maps are charming little helpers…overview globes are pretty sweet too. Overview globes that spill off the visible layout? *Chef’s kiss.*

My video dragged on for 11 minutes but you can actually do this in like 2 minutes. I certainly hope you try this out. Every day is a good day when you map.

Love, John

P.S. If you haven’t tried out the Imhof style used in this map, here’s that resource to get rolling.

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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