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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Throwing Shade: Gallery

Multiple light sources with blended hues creates a rich sense of topography. Here are some examples created in ArcGIS Pro.

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Throwing Shade

Combining offset hillshade angles and colors for a cool optical sense of depth.

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Steal this Lego Map Style for ArcGIS Pro, please

Assemble your vector maps as glorious little plastic bricks. Why? Because Lego!

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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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