What: A common technique for maximizing the amount of page dedicated to the map body is to superimpose other map elements (e.g., titles, text blocks, legends) on top of the map in regions that are not important to what the map is communicating.
In the ESRI Lunch Specials map, we superimposed the title in the upper left corner. Why: This allowed us to claim the highest visual level on the page since that is where the eye begins to scan the page. The reason for placing this text here is that it is most important information on the map; we needed readers to see it immediately.
On the ESRI Lunch Specials map, this design additionally worked well because the backwards "L" shape is reflected in the geography along the marina and up into the Gas Lamp District). If the relevant geography was another shape, for example, a rectangular, then we would have used a different layout design.
How: To create the graphics that were to superimposed on the data frame we did the following:
If you use a cartographic line symbol rather than a simple line symbol to symbolize the data frame and the two lines that define the new clipped boundary edge then the butt line cap option is available to use. This squares off the line ends making the connections of the frame edge and the two line edges crisp and clean looking. This also matches the other corners of the data frame’s border.
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