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Mapping with ArcGIS Pro

By : Amy Rock, Ryan Malhoski
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Mapping with ArcGIS Pro

By: Amy Rock, Ryan Malhoski

Overview of this book

ArcGIS Pro is a geographic information system for working with maps and geographic information. This book will help you create visually stunning maps that increase the legibility of the stories being mapped and introduce visual and design concepts into a traditionally scientific, data-driven process. The book begins by outlining the steps of gathering data from authoritative sources and lays out the workflow of creating a great map. Once the plan is in place you will learn how to organize the Contents Pane in ArcGIS Pro and identify the steps involved in streamlining the production process. Then you will learn Cartographic Design techniques using ArcGIS Pro's feature set to organize the page structure and create a custom set of color swatches. You will be then exposed to the techniques required to ensure your data is clear and legible no matter the size or scale of your map. The later chapters will help you understand the various projection systems, trade-offs between them, and the proper applications of them to make sure your maps are accurate and visually appealing. Finally, you will be introduced to the ArcGIS Online ecosystem and how ArcGIS Pro can utilize it within the application. You will learn Smart Mapping, a new feature of ArcGIS Online that will help you to make maps that are visually stunning and useful. By the end of this book, you will feel more confident in making appropriate cartographic decisions.
Table of Contents (12 chapters)

Beginning the mapping process

The main goal of a map is to facilitate the transfer of knowledge between the map author and reader. It's important to communicate important information, but we must also attract and retain the viewer's interest. After all, if no one looks at your map, your information doesn't get communicated at all! The design of your map, like a well-articulated argument, can either support or hinder your message.

The design is a process, with specific strategies and benchmarks to help us achieve clear communication. Bad design is usually easy to spot—we can quickly point to why or how something isn't working. Good design can be harder to identify. If all the elements are working together as they should, everything is seamless.

In mapping, we work with the trinity of balance, harmony, and unity. Balance is the art of placing elements around the page so that they don't draw the eye unnaturally to one side or the other. While symmetry is seldom possible (particularly with maps...