Category: Cartographic Design

Lights On & Lights Out

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This is a map showing where, in the past four years, nighttime lights have appeared, or been extinguished. This blog post shows you the (pretty easy) nitty gritty of how it was made in ArcGIS Pro. If you want to … Continue reading

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Visualizing data in web apps: leveraging the platform

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The ArcGIS API for JavaScript contains powerful visualization capabilities that bring your data to life on the web. Some of these include using unclassified or classified color, size, opacity, and any combination of them to visualize numbers; unique symbols for … Continue reading

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How to Combine Color and Size Effectively in Your Maps

Smart mapping allows you to choose two attributes, and show them both within the same map. This is a valuable trick which can showcase your data in new ways, and also display relationships and patterns you might not have seen otherwise. This guide shows examples and steps for getting started with this mapping technique. To follow the detailed version of this guide interactively, visit this story map. Continue reading

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New Aspect-Slope Raster Function Now Available

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Use a newly available Aspect-Slope Raster Function that can be downloaded from Esri’s GitHub repository for raster functions to quickly and easily create an aspect-slope map from raster elevation data. Continue reading

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What’s New in Basemaps (March 2017)

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Our Community Program contributors have added new and updated map layers to Esri’s Online Basemaps. There is new and updated content for 50 communities, spanning 3 continents. They include several counties, metropolitan areas, and facility sites in Asia, Europe and … Continue reading

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How to Make Smart Color Choices in Your Maps

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As the map-maker, you are the most valuable tool when creating a narrative around your data. An important way to get the intended reaction out of your audience is to be conscious about what colors you use in your map. … Continue reading

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The Weird World of a Cartographer’s Brain -and Basketball

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What we choose to watch on TV says a lot about who we are and what we’re into. Of course viewing preferences between different sports will have a strong regional pattern, but what about the more subtle difference of preferring the … Continue reading

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February 2017 Living Atlas Community Webinar Recording Now Available!

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The recording of the February 2017 Living Atlas Community Webinar is now available! In this webinar, Jim Herries, Lisa Berry, and Jennifer Bell of Esri’s ArcGIS Content Team presented Esri’s latest SmartMapping techniques and showed how you can use them with Living Atlas layers … Continue reading

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What’s Coming in the Business Analyst Web App

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The upcoming update of the Business Analyst web app is planned for the end of February and will include several improvements and enhancements. Here is what we have planned: More Powerful Suitability Analysis  Incorporate competitive and complementary locations to make … Continue reading

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How To Cascade

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Cascade is a new scrollytelling app from Esri’s Story Maps team. Story telling is an inherently intertwined aspect of cartography. Cascade lets you focus on the narrative of your story, enabling maps to be more than lonely overburdened information graphics … Continue reading

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