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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How to Make this Map of Rivers Using Only Labels

Sure, you could use a boring line to draw your rivers and then label them. But why not cut out the middle man??

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Make ArcGIS Pro Text Look Super Sweet

You can totally use style symbols on fonts in ArcGIS Pro, which rules!

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Rivers of Plastic

How to make this 1850s style map diagram thing.

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Block-Print Maps Part II: Pro-ification

You were gobsmacked by Heather Smith's exquisite block-print map. Let's see if we can re-create that exceedingly complex aesthetic in Pro...

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ArcGIS Pro Resource for Hand Drawn Maps

Here is a super simple ArcGIS Pro project with gridded up layouts to help get you started transcribing amazing geographic riches to paper!

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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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