The continued discussion about Geodesign is stimulating GIS professionals and designers to imagine new ways to collaborate. As a result, several new plug-ins and tools are now available to help bridge the gap between GIS and design.
One of my favourites is the Symbol Scale Conversion Wizard. This spreadsheet converts real-world ground distances to a point size for display on a map. The point size represents the real world distance based on a reference scale specified by the user. For example, say you were designing a park with an alley of live oaks. Each live oak has a canopy spread of approx. 40 m. To accurately represent its scale in a 1:10000 map, you’d need a point size of 11. This might not sound like a big deal, but to a landscape architect trying to communicate concepts of space, it’s very helpful!
The second Geodesign conference held earlier this year at Redlands Check out all the resources and videos posted here http://www.esri.com/technology-topics/geodesign/videos.html