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Mapping with ArcGIS Pro by Ryan Malhoski, Amy Rock

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Establishing harmony

Harmony refers to how well the elements work together. The establishment of harmony is related to balance but involves the development of a good visual hierarchy. Which elements need to be read first, or made to stand out? Which elements need to be subdued for clarity or lack of importance? Is your north arrow vying for attention with your subject material? Is the legend overpowering the title? To build hierarchy, we need to organize our map elements into three principal categories—primary, secondary, and tertiary information. 

The primary information is limited to the key information we are trying to communicate, the map itself. Secondary information includes the title and the legend. If the map is going into a report ...

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