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 ArcGIS Living Atlas team at Esri, pushing and pulling data in all sorts of absurd ways and then sharing the process. I also design user experiences for maps and apps. 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. You might also like these Styles for ArcGIS Pro:

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What maps show us

Biplanes, glacial melting, hammers, migrating storks, German counts, 20th century geniuses, fresh perspectives, and the magic of maps.

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Give point symbols a delicious dimension

Here's how to brew a sweet sweet sense of depth into point symbols. And why. Plus candy.

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How to make a globe that you can pose for endless stock photos

Give a designer a stock art globe, they design for a day; give a designer a fully posable globe, they design for a lifetime.

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One Minute Map Hacks: 51-55

Five one-minute videos totaling over six minutes. Map hacks flout basic math!

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How to show terrain in even the flattest areas

Here's how to add a wrinkle to even the smoothest of landscapes!

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Hatched fills and how to sneak them into ArcGIS Online

How to create (or just use) a hatched fill symbol that will work in ArcGIS Online.

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Big globe, small world

Musings on the scale of earth and the solar system, in the context of a large globe.

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Steal this ArcGIS Pro sunrise hack, please

A handy ArcGIS Pro project package with the Living Atlas elevation layers all set up to fake a global sunrise/set at all scales.

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Improvements to the USA Wildfires map’s Smoke Forecast

Improvement to the smoke forecast layer's design make it easier to visualize.

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