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. Loads more how-to posts: My YouTube channel: Loads of Styles for Pro: Instagram:

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Not-So-Historic Survey Plan

When I first saw this map of Waterloo, Ontario, by cartographer Warren Davison, I was so impressed with his application of texture and co...

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How To Make This Physical Map of Wyoming For Some Reason

This is a physical map of the beautiful US state of Wyoming. And here is a quick cheat sheet of its elements: And here is this blog...

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Multivariate Dot Density

Dot Density maps are an almost-magical way of visualizing the geographic distribution of an overall population, as well as the relative h...

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Dot Density Super Splash Zone

What?? Dot Density is en-Pro-ified? Wow, this is good news. I immediately had to drop everything that I was doing, and crank out a dot de...

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Hand to Digital

In a previous post, I walked through the creation of a hand drawn map. In the process I picked up some insights on what it was about th...

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Digital to Hand

For my father's birthday this year, I decided to make him a...gasp...hand drawn map. I'd broken the seal on hand-drawing maps back at C...

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Firefly Recipes

The glowtastic Firefly symbols in ArcGIS Online are lots of fun (I mean a practical and pragmatic spatial visualization mechanism for the...

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My Favorite Hacks of 2017

"Hack", "how-to", whatever the handle, to me it means putting some maybe-unexpected pieces together in a somewhat-unexpected way to creat...

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College Football Recruitment Maps

Did you hear about this thing that colleges have football teams now? And at the end of the year some committee decides on the four best, ...

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