ArcGIS Pro

One Minute Map Hacks: 71-75

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More of these things? Seriously, there’s been 75 hacks? That’s like an hour of hacks plus another quarter hour of hacks. Who has time for that?

The sea of swirly twiry data! What’s not to love about the flow renderer? Things that move can now be represented on maps as things…that move!

Sometimes hills go down too. If you are whipping up some contour lines for your map and want to denote areas that are depressions with the cartographic standard of short perpendicular tics pointing downhill…well then this is your video! For what it’s worth, depression contours always sort of remind me of a sarlacc pit.

There are the occasional maps that require split-personality polygon fills. It’s an interesting sort of bivariate symbology where the area is split down the middle and one half gets one pattern and the other half gets another pattern. And it, like, means stuff to people who use maps like that. Here’s how to use blend modes and groups to brew some bifurcated cartography.

Here’s how to add some levity to your hatched fill pattern. Or did I mean levitation? Either way, sometimes dropping in a little shadow under a polygon fill pattern can elevate the prominence of a place and boost the looks of your map (and the looks that your map gets).

In one minute you will not only learn how to make a National Geographic-style inner band of color, but also how now to do it. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Well there they are! Five more little snippets of map-making-misadventure. I hope you find literally every one of them insanely useful.

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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