Use different pin shapes, sizes, colors and labels to bring your map to life
When you have added your sales data to your map, you will need to decide on how you want to display each feature. As standard, your data will be assigned a default style and color and each dataset or layer will be represented differently. You will then have various options to change these defaults. For point data you will need to consider:
- The symbol to use – do you want to use one that is already available in the software library or do you want to add a custom symbol. You might want something as simple as a dot or a pushpin for each point; you might prefer a meaningful symbol such as a factory icon; you may even wish to use a company’s corporate logo.
- The size to display the points at. Depending on the volume of points you are displaying smaller or larger sizes may make more sense. A clustering option may also be appropriate for high volumes or dense data.
- The color and transparency of the point.
You can vary the symbol, size or color of points depending on some attribute value associated with the points. For instance, you can show higher value customers with larger symbols or with different colors. The map legend contains some information to explain what the different sizes colors or symbols represent. For polygon data, such as state boundaries, you will need to think about the line style and thickness of the boundary, the fill pattern or color of the polygon and whether you want the fill to be transparent or not.
Labeling your data on the map is another important consideration. Labels are used to add information about each feature or data point. However, if you have a lot of features on the map, labels can become cluttered and unusable. With eSpatial you can automatically generate labels for each feature based on one or more columns from your table. For label styling, you need to consider size, text font, color and whether to include a box or frame. You can also control the positioning of the labels relative to the feature and whether you want to display all labels or just those that don’t overlap with others.
Bring Your Data to Life with Advanced Styling
1: Pin Style
The eSpatial symbol library has over 50 standard symbols for you to choose from to make your data easy to understand. For example, if your data consists of plant location, you might use our industrial plant symbol. Many eSpatial customers like to use a custom symbol such as their company logo which can be added on request.
You can change the color of your pins to any color of your choosing. You can do this by selecting from the color picker or by entering in your chosen hex color code. You can also decide how opaque or transparent your pins are using the pin transparency slider.
You can choose the size of your pins by using the slider or entering the pixel size you would like them to be.
Clustering allows you to cluster together pins in the same area for a quicker identification of the number of pins in that area. There are many levels of clustering from low to high depending on your requirements.
2: Add Labels
Labels add an extra layer of information to your data allowing the viewer to understand it better.
- Here you can choose how you want your labels displayed: All Labels, Non-Overlapping Labels or Optimized Labels.
- You can choose how many lines you have in a label. Each line can contain data from a different column in your table.
- You can also style your labels with different fonts, font color, and font size. You can position it above, below or centered on your point. A
- You can also choose to use a box around your label to make it easier to read and you can customize the color and border.
3: Color By Value
You can color your pins based on a value assigned to that location. You choose the value you want to base the colors on from the drop down menu and assign the colors in the same way you would style your default pin.
Once you have selected your colors, you can store that range by clicking the store range button. This saves it for use on other maps or at a later stage. Read more about color-coded maps here.
4: Size By Value
In a similar fashion to the color by value, you can make your pins tell a different story depending on values assigned to that location. For example, if your data is sales data. You can have pins displaying larger in locations with a higher value sale. You can set the minimum and maximum values and the corresponding size of pins.
5: Symbol By Value
Symbol by value allows you to differentiate your pins based on a certain value. For example, a different sales stage could be indicated by a different symbol. Simply select the value from the drop down menu and assign your symbols.
6: Heat Map
This styling method is best used to quickly identify areas of increasingly higher density of data occurrence. Here you can turn on a hot spot heat map. You can customize the color and density ranges. You can choose the radius size based on pixels, miles or kilometers. You can also overlay your pins on top of your heat map or remove the noise around the hot spots with color snapping.