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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How-To: United States of Craigslist, Chalkboard Style!

Ah the trusty old, well-worn, United States of Map. But at least I was a relatively early adopter (the original versi...

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How-To: Fake Island Election Map Thing

Here is a map in the style of Tim Wallace’s definitive map of the 2016 US Presidential Election. This is a small snapshot of Tim's ma...

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How To Make the Map on the ArcGIS Book

If you haven't checked out the new ArcGIS Book: 10 Big Ideas About Applying the Science of Where I think you ought to. It's a multi-form...

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How-To: Electo-Cubo-Gram

Here is a cartogram showing the comparative number of Electoral College votes per state, and how they voted in the 2016 US Presidential E...

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Firefly Basemap

It's here, it's here! A beta firefly basemap service! Check it... The new Firefly basemap A sample of Firefly in ArcGIS Online Hang o...

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Fantasy Maps Pt 3 | Touchability

Of course it's the very nature of a fantasy map insert to be revealed via a cover turn, smelled, and traced with a curious finger. So whe...

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Fantasy Maps Pt 2 | Scratchiness

We are on a bold quest to reconstruct the Fantasy Map asesthetic in ArcGIS Pro. In Part 1 we hacked the Vector Field symbology to approxi...

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Fantasy Maps Pt 1 | Mountainification

This is part one of a three-part blog extravaganza where I lay out how you might whip up a fantasy-style book-ish illustration-y map inse...

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Fantasy Book Illustration Maps in ArcGIS Pro

As is the case with most map adventures, I started out working towards something else entirely, and the dark magic of GIS swept me in an ...

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