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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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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