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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)

Achieving good design

A key stage in developing a good design is the compilation process. Many cartographers still sketch out a layout on paper before starting, but others prefer to sketch digitally, which is essentially what you're doing in this chapter. In the compilation sheet, you'll add placeholders for the parts of your map to create a digital sketch, and determine size and placement to achieve balance, harmony, and unity.

Since few geographic features are symmetrical, we can't just drop it in the center of the page and consider it done. Even if the map is bounded into a nice square by a neatline, the shape of the subject area is still going to impact how it's placed within that space, and perhaps whether other map elements go on top of that square, or outside of it.

Let's start by looking at some of the ways in which balance is established (or disturbed) by the component parts of our map. Visual balance is affected by the relative weight of the symbols, and the location of the elements...