The QGIS map style I want to share with you today was inspired by a hand-drawn map by Philippe Rekacewicz that I saw on Twitter:
The look reminds me of conveyor belts, thus the name choice.
The conveyor belt is a line symbol that makes extensive use of Geometry generators. One generator for the circle at the flow line start and end point, respectively, another generator for the belt, and a final one for the small arrows around the colored circles. The color and size of the circle are data defined:
The collection also contains a sample Geopackage dataset which you can use to test the symbol immediately. It is worth noting that the circle size has to be specified in layer CRS units.
It’s great fun playing with the power of Geometry generator symbol layers and QGIS geometry expressions. For example, this is the expression for the final geometry that is used to draw the small arrows around colored circles:
line_merge( intersection( exterior_ring( convex_hull( union( buffer( start_point($geometry), "start_size" ), buffer( end_point($geometry), 500000 ) ) ) ), exterior_ring( buffer( start_point( $geometry), "start_size" ) ) ) )
The expression constructs buffer circles, the belt geometry (convex_hull around buffers), and finally extracts the intersecting part from the start circle and the belt geometry.
Hope you enjoy it!
It’s holiday season, why not share one of your own symbols with the QGIS community?