John Nelson

John Nelson
I have way 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.

Recent Posts

Mega-Easy Coastal Stipple Effect

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Ah the days of old, our field bursting with artists plying their craft, creating maps of breathtaking imagination and technique. Just window shop here for a moment to fall into the eye-watering depths of cartographic charm. One of my favorite … Continue reading

Posted in ArcGIS Pro, Cartographic Design, Mapping, Oceans & Maritime, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Luminance Hack

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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, we need a map style to keep pace. This style is used to … Continue reading

Posted in ArcGIS Pro, Cartographic Design, Geodata, Mapping, risk assessment, Story Maps, Uncategorized | 6 Comments

Hand Crafted Artisanal Legends

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WHAT Are you prepared to build map legends in a manner keeping with traditional tools and free-range ingredients? Like with locally sourced PNGs and sustainable linear gradient fills? If you’ve never constructed a fine bespoke legend in ArcGIS Pro before, … Continue reading

Posted in ArcGIS Pro, Cartographic Design, Geodata, Mapping, Spatial Statistics, Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Steal These Vignettes Please

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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 subject. I wanted to give you a handful of vignette resources so that … Continue reading

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How to Make this Crazy Map

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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 was created for this story map, of the same name: In it, I map the … Continue reading

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3D Brain Hack

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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 angles and hunch over them with a stereoscope to reveal the Victorian-era magic of … Continue reading

Posted in 3D GIS, ArcGIS Pro, Cartographic Design, Imagery, Uncategorized, Web | 6 Comments

Time Warped Cartograpy

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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 concentric rings. While it looks like an ice cream cone on a hot day, its … Continue reading

Posted in Analysis & Geoprocessing, ArcGIS Pro, Cartographic Design, export, Geodata, Imagery, Mapping, Transportation | Tagged , , | 2 Comments

Lightsaber Lines –I mean Firefly Lines

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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 turns out a fine fellow named Oliver Burdekin created a quick and easy video tutorial based on this … Continue reading

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How-To: Missile Height Diagram

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Last week I, along with the rest of the news-aware world, learned about an intercontinental ballistic missile test performed by North Korea, assessed to have reached an apogee (how high) of 2,300 miles. Wait, what? 2,300…miles? To an aeronautical nobody … Continue reading

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

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Ah the trusty old, well-worn, United States of [Thiessen Polygon] Map. But at least I was a relatively early adopter (the original version was made in…yikes!…2011). Sure, this post will show you how to make these boundaries, but more interestingly, it will … Continue reading

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