Designing a Basemap

Table of Contents

  1. Designing a Basemap
  2. Setting Up Your Workspace
  3. Download Data from the DataSF Website
  4. Refreshing a Folder in the Catalog Tree
  5. Changing the Map Projection of the Data Frame
  6. Changing the Map Size and Position
  7. Preparing the Layout
  8. Adjusting Line Weight and Color
  9. Cartographic Typography
  10. Skill Drill: Practicing Cartographic Typography
  11. Skill Drill: Choose a Map Theme
  12. Skill Drill: Finalizing the Poster

Skill Drill: Choose a Map Theme

In a previous step, you downloaded data from the DataSF website. In this step, you can choose the historical fire damage from the 1906 earthquake as the poster theme or you can pick sea level rise and flooding.

Return to and enter one of the following keywords in the search bar:

  • Areas Damaged by Fire Following the 1906 Earthquake
  • 108″ Inundation Vulnerability Zone Line

Download the data to your original folder and decompress the file. Refresh your original folder and rename the shapefile. When done, add the data to the map document. Edit the color and symbology so that your chosen theme is easily distinguished from the basemap.

An image of the SF sea level rise data
In this example, the 108″ Inundation Vulnerability Zone Line appears in dark blue.