John Nelson is a cartographer and designer in Lansing, Michigan. As the User Experience & Mapping Manager at IDV Solutions, John helps Fortune 500 and governmental clients integrate and visualize data, concentrating on the intersection of time and place. He is a regular speaker at GeoScience and technology conferences and writes about usability, design, and visualization at When he’s not doing these things, John revels amidst a lively whirlwind of family, chickens, and gardens.