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Visited Marker
Interacting with Content

Visited Marker

What Problem Does This Solve? Help users to avoid revisiting the same popup repeatedly Why Use This Pattern? A pattern that has been around since the early days of HTML is to show links that have been visited preciously in a different color. This is considered a usability best practice to help users recall which […]

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Search this Area
Exploring Spatial Content

Search this Area

What Problem Does This Solve? Avoid updating features on the map until user has explicitly opted in to do so Why Use This Pattern? Any time a user pans or zooms the map the extent changes and therefore the visible features on the map will change also. Sometimes this behavior is expected but in other […]

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Small Multiples
Exploring Spatial Content

Small Multiples

What Problem Does This Solve? Comparing changes, patterns or differences in data is difficult to impossible with interactive controls on a single map view. Why Use This Pattern? Small Multiples is sometimes also called trellis maps or tile maps. It is a series of similar maps using the same size and scale, allowing them to […]

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Sparkmaps
Exploring Spatial Content

Sparkmaps

What Problem Does This Solve? It’s not always feasible to show a full-blown map or even only an image of a map as a figure on the side. Needed is to show the spatial information right where it is needed and without being taken out of the context. When to Use This Pattern Use to […]

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Swipe
Exploring Spatial Content

Swipe

What Problem Does This Solve? Interactively reveal content by peeling back a layer to see the content underneath it. This method provides a temporary view of the data without the specified layer. When to Use This Pattern You want to compare the content of two layers. Instead of making the top layer transparent – which […]

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Buffer
Exploring Spatial Content

Buffer

What Problem Does This Solve? Analyze an area surrounding an object or point of interest. When to Use This Pattern Buffer is very common when doing proximity analysis to determine the relationship between an object and its related entities. Examples include marketers that analyze a suggested location to see potential customers or emergency response units […]

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Nearby
Exploring Spatial Content

Nearby

What Problem Does This Solve? Show objects that are in close proximity to your current location or a place of interest. When to Use This Pattern Notify users that someone or something is close to them. Analyze the users’ current location or place of interest and show people or objects that are near him/her. Nearby […]

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