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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Land Cover, Geoprocessing, and Paints

Running a bevy of marvelous geoprocessing tools on Corine land cover data, getting it in shape for the watercolor brush.

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How To Make This Paper Terrain Map of Germany

Instructions regarding tracing, cutting, and gluing, and layering bits of paper to make an elevation map. JK it's all digital!

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Zip Codes of Craigslist

How to grow drive-time economic zones and associate them with zip codes.

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Steampunk Election Cartogram Pt 2

Part 2 of 2. How to make this odd steampunk cartogram. And why!

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Steampunk Election Cartogram Pt 1

Part 1 of 2. How to make this odd steampunk cartogram.

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Reflections on Projections (and vice-versa)

Unwrapping the reflection on a sphere with map power.

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Make This Dymaxion Globe Ornament Please

The 2019 globe ornament is here; deck the halls!

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Steal This Faded Overlay Style Please

Sometimes you want to highlight your study area, or geographic area of interest, or whatever, with a nice faded overlay vignette.

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One Minute Map Hacks: 16-20

So many hacks. So little time. Good thing they're just a minute long.

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