Making Better Maps - the Art of Conveying the Right Message

May 7-8, 2018 | 8:30 - 4:30
Taught by:
TeachMeGIS Instructor
There is a big difference between making a map and making a good map. Tricks exist to assemble the right information on the map without cluttering. By selecting symbols and labels wisely, a map can tell a complete story. This course covers tips and tricks on making those choices, as well as teaching students about visual hierarchy – how to draw attention to certain details and away from others.

Topics: map basics, map document best practices, colors and symbols, map text, elements of a layout, above and beyond layouts, graphs and reports, and sharing maps.

Prerequisites: knowledge of Microsoft Windows® and experience with ArcGIS Desktop.

Cancellation Policy

We rely on student attendance to make important arrangements for the courses. Please contact us if there is any change in your reservation.


Withdrawal from a course after registration has been submitted takes place on occasion. Students must submit written notice no later than 10 business days prior to the first day of the scheduled session. Email is an acceptable form of written communication. The course fee will be refunded, minus a $60 processing fee.


Refunds cannot be made for withdrawals initiated within 10 days of the first day of the scheduled class. However, the registration and payment may be honored for the same class topic held at a future date within the same fiscal year (09/01 - 08/31).

Refunds will not be granted for participant no-shows.


Student substitutions are allowed with 3-days written notice prior to the start of the course.

Training Facilities

TCEQ Computer Training Lab

12100 Park Thirty Five Circle
Building A, Room 234/235
Austin, TX, 78753