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 Content team at Esri, pushing and pulling data in all sorts of absurd ways -and then talking about it. I also get to spend time with the Story Maps team, working on fun and useful user experiences. 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.

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No Dirty Ice & No Icy Dirt

Using layer masks to isolate hillshade in various parts of your map, for more individualistic styling.

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How to Make this Migration Map…and Why

Warren Davison shares the personal inspiration behind a beautiful migration map, and the steps of its making.

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Appalachian Trail Map

Some design tropes have a mainline right into the approval part of my brain. This map tries to hijack that design.

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Pro to Illustrator Tip

Pushing a Pro layout to Illustrator

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Using Wayback Imagery in Pro

The Wayback app lets you grab older, but maybe crisper, imagery for whatevz.

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Making This Map of Panama

Making a map of Panama, step by step.

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Illuminated Labels Style

Sometimes a basic solid color for your map's labels and text just isn't going to cut it.

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How to Make this Vintage Map Poster of Yellowstone

Blending old and new in Pro, real crafty-like.

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Checkered Background Hack in Pro, for You Design Folks

Ah, give me a nice checkered background in my digital workspace. Helps me know what's there and what's not there.

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