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What should you title a legend with?

November 18 2008 | 0 comments
Categories: Cartographic Design, Map Elements

When you have a legend - should you title it "Legend" or is that unnecessary? I have often titled a legend with a subtitle related to the map purpose - but why would you ever need to title a legend?

Mapping Center Answer:

It's surprising that we get this question fairly often.  We wrote an initial blog entry about various aspects of legend design, inlcuding the legend title, and then we added another blog entry that incorporated some of the tips we introduced in this year's User Conference presentation called "The One Minute Cartographer".  You can download this presentation from the ArcGIS Resources -> Presentations page of Mapping Center.  All of these resources are hyperlinked from this answer.  Let us know if you have any additional questions!  Or comments!

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