John Nelson

I have far too much fun looking for ways to understand and present data visually, hopefully driving product strategy and engaging users. I work in the ArcGIS Living Atlas team at Esri, pushing and pulling data in all sorts of absurd ways and then sharing the process. I also design user experiences for maps and apps. When I'm not doing those things, I'm chasing around toddlers and wrangling chickens, and generally getting into other ad-hoc adventures. Life is good. You might also like these Styles for ArcGIS Pro:

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Make a painted basemap in ArcGIS Online

How to make a watercolor map in ArcGIS Online with some Living Atlas layers and a handful of effects. Pow!

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Toasted Cartography: Burn a Tasty Vignette Into Your Map Layout

AKA how to steal ideas from photography to make better maps

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Make your ArcGIS StoryMap sing and dance with…map choreography!

ArcGIS StoryMaps want to move. They have the music in them.

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Hack a choropleth map into an elevation map in ArcGIS Online

Here's how you can turn a choropleth map into a weird data-driven elevation map for some reason.

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One Minute Map Hacks: 66-70

Five more one-minute hacks to memorize thoroughly

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A neatline isn’t the boss of you!

Here's how to take your map right to the edge...and then over!

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A pervasive and inescapable scale reference technique

Sometimes a conventional scalebar sitting in the corner just won't do. Here's how to splatter a scale reference all over a map.

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Visual strategies for overlapping polygons

Sometimes those polygons just stack right up and it can be hard to make sense of their individual extents. Here are some tips!

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Create a Light or Dark Version of Any Map in Two Seconds

Having a light or dark version of a basemap is incredibly useful. Here's how to flip any basemap into a light or dark version.

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