GEOG 486
Cartography and Visualization



A. Objectives

By the end of this lesson, you should be able to:

  • Recognize type characteristics and how they are used to distinguish nominal differences and/or ordinal differences in label hierarchies.
  • Create labels for point, line, and polygon features.
  • Use text characteristics as design variables to achieve a fitting hierarchy among the labels and symbols.
  • Organize a layout using two or more data frames and marginalia.

B. Project Overview

This is week 2 of the Emergency Management map project. This week you will work on creating labels, manipulating typography, and incorporating multiple data frames in the layout.

As I wrote in last week's introduction, the steps in this lesson will not explicitly lead you to a common result. Instead, you will learn how to manipulate symbols, type, and layouts and then use your own judgement to implement these skills and the theories found in the Concept Gallery items.

Week 2

  • Label features dynamically
  • Create logical label hierarchy
  • Create custom text effects
  • Convert dynamic labels to annotation and customize placement
  • Include and organize multiple map frames at varying scales

C. Lesson Checklist

Lesson 3 is one week in length. (See the Calendar in Canvas for specific due dates.) To finish this lesson, you must complete the activities listed below.

Step Activity Access/Directions
1 Read the concepts introduced for this lesson. See the Concept Gallery page to begin.
2 Work through the Lesson 3 Project. See the Part I: Labeling Features page to begin.
3 Submit the Lesson 3 Project.

Detailed instructions located on the Lesson Project Tasks page.

4 Take Lesson 3 Quiz. Take Lesson 3 Quiz in Canvas.


If you have any questions now or at any point during this week, please feel free to post them to the Lesson 3 Discussion Forum. While you are there, feel free to post your own responses if you, too, are able to help a classmate.