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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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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Starbucks vs Dunkin' Donuts Mega Map Blast

Data is just maps waiting to be made. And the making of maps is such a fun ride that often there are a bunch of really cool maps that we ...

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Woodcut Bathymetry Maps

Please do not read this blog post about how to create woodcut bathymetric maps. Here's a close-up... You're still reading?! Ok, I ...

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Interesting and Absurd Uses of Digital Elevation Models

At the 2017 Esri User Conference, Ken Field will dazzle you with an array of beautiful techniques and examples of Relief Representation. ...

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Esri User Conference Map How-to-a-palooza

At this year's Esri User Conference, there will be a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants-crazy-thematic-mapping-demo-fest session wherein the e...

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Happy Maps

World Happiness Report  Every year, the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network releases a measure of happiness for s...

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