Learn some styling hints and tips to best display data overlaid LINZ basemaps in web, mobile and GIS applications.
LINZ basemaps provide an excellent backdrop for the visualisation of information about New Zealand and New Zealanders. Here we provide some tips and hints to best display data overlaid on our basemaps and map services in web, mobile and GIS applications.
The same general styling hints and tips apply to all LINZ basemaps and map services, unless otherwise specified.
Best fit colours for data overlays
- Warm colours, like reds and oranges, work best
- Greens and blues will also work for data overlays with hues moving away from the earth tones
Suggested colour palette
Check out the table below for some colour suggestions for data overlays. The colours provided are not definitive, but are a great place to start. They are useful for point, line, or polygon data and are designed to work best with the NZ Aerial Imagery basemap.
If you’re interested in developing your own palette or expanding this palette, check out the following sites.
Types of data overlays and how to style them
- LINZ basemaps perform best with overlays of point and line data – our upcoming Terrain basemaps are ideal for displaying heat maps and polygon data
- When overlaying line data use a heavier line weight to avoid pixilation
- Line data also shows well when repeated and layered with the bottom layer being slightly thicker than the top
- Make slight modifications to transparency settings to allow subtle blending of points into the terrain
- If using a GIS application, adjust the brightness and saturation to help colour balance the imagery
- Topographic maps may be blended with relief shading enhancing terrain contours