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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Chernoff Faces

Those goofy face-map things. How to make them and why you shouldn't!

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Firefly Basemap Imagery Launched!

The smoldering dark desaturated imagery basemap you've grown to love. It's ready for you. And you for it.

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Active Fires Visualization

A work in progress application visualizing Active Fires in the United States using the ArcGIS JavaScript API

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Rocking Gradients in Pro Layouts

Leverage that fade for all sorts of cartographic smoothness.

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Steal this Hachure Style for Pro, Please

Get in touch with your cARRRRRRRRtographic roots with this vintage mountain mapping style for ArcGIS Pro.

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Hex Pop

Download this hexagonal mesh of the continental United States with population data. So you can aggregate and normalize! Whoosh!

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Plastic Brick Oceans

How to assemble this Lego-like map of ocean bathymetry.

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Steal this Watercolor Style for Pro, Please

This Pro style will en-watercolor-ify your maps, making them simply irresistible.

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Throwing Shade: Geo-Aware Vignette Layer

Download this vignette layer to wrap sweet light or dark vignettes around your maps, in any projection.

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