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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Vintage Shaded Relief Basemap

This basemap blends wonderful vintage hand-painted tones and hillshades with modern satellite imagery.

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How To Smash Vintage Hillshade into Modern Imagery

No doubt, vintage shaded relief maps are just bonkers beautiful. Here's how to coax some of that craftsmanship of yore into your own maps.

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Iceberg Map: Part 2, Animation

How to make a huge heaping pile of data dance in time.

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Iceberg Map: Part 1, Cartography

How to make this map of heaps and heaps of spectacular iceberg tracking data.

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40 Years of Piracy

Real honest to goodness pirate attacks. How to make this map with NGA data.

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Understanding the Grand Canyon by Turning It Inside Out

Sometimes the best way to understand something is to think of its exact opposite.

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Create a Mappy Background Graphic in 3 Steps

Three mega-simple steps to create those vaguely geographic background grid things graphic designers love so much.

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Hillshade Blending Sorcery via JavaScript API

Smash hillshade and imagery together with math on the fly in the browser to make cool maps.

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5 Ways to Make Your Overview Map Sizzling Hot

Turn that zero overview into a hero overview

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