John Nelson
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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: esri.com/arcgis-blog/author/j_nelson/ My YouTube channel: youtube.com/c/JohnNelsonMaps Loads of Styles for Pro: esriurl.com/nelsonstyles Instagram: instagram.com/johnmnelson/

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Mega-Easy Coastal Stipple Effect

Ah the days of old, our field bursting with artists plying their craft, creating maps of breathtaking imagination and technique. Just w...

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Luminance Hack

Here is a map of over one hundred years of 6+ mag earthquakes. Together they trace out the Pacific Ring of Fire. With a name that cool, w...

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Hand Crafted Artisanal Legends

WHAT Are you prepared to build map legends in a manner keeping with traditional tools and free-range ingredients? Like with locally sourc...

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Steal These Vignettes Please

I'm prone to add vignettes to my maps. They are a handy, and sometimes beautiful, way to frame the composition and draw the eye in to the...

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How to Make this Crazy Map

Here's a run-down of all the general steps required to cook up this map, which happens to show the relative burden of home ownership: It...

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3D Brain Hack

You may or may not have studied, or practiced, GIS in an era when you'd be expected to line up two aerial images taken at different angle...

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Time Warped Cartograpy

Here is a ridiculous walking distance map of Seattle. The geography of areas accessible via a 1, 2, and 3 hour stroll are warped into con...

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Lightsaber Lines –I mean Firefly Lines

Hang on! This blog post can alternatively be read in a mind-bending full-screen epically scroll-tastic Cascade Story Map. No? Ok, well it...

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How-To: Missile Height Diagram

Last week I, along with the rest of the news-aware world, learned about an intercontinental ballistic missile test performed by North K...

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