GIS and map design can be an expensive combination if you stick with ESRI’s ArcMap and Adobe’s Illustrator, but you can get equally great looking maps using QGIS and Affinity Designer! If you’re a hobbyist cartographer, this might be the better option for you.
ArcMap Desktop is still considered to be the standard for GIS programs, but it’s not the best for design. Instead, you’ll want to export your map from ArcMap Desktop to Adobe Illustrator. Follow these easy steps to do just that!