Firefly creator John Nelson's tips for making maps the stage and data the star
You’ve seen it in movies like Ironman, Jason Bourne and the Matrix – the neon glow of critical data on a black screen. The style inspired John Nelson to create “Firefly” or “glow map” cartography – which has now achieved a cult-like status.
In this episode, Ta and Wayne explore the origins of the Firefly style with John, who shares advice on how to use glow maps to make data pop, plus his insider tips for creating maps with style.
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John Nelson overviews Firefly cartography in this Story Map, demo-ing thematic layers that look like they are etched with white hot plasma.
Firefly has been updated to improve its customisability and overall utility. See what's new in the latest update.
View a map layer intended to support 'Firefly cartography' and other designs that require a neutral background to contrast with the foreground layers that are designed to capture the users attention.
Make a map in a plastic brick aesthetic with this style from John Nelson and Warren Davison.
Read John Nelson's personal blog to explore cartography, design, user experience and of course, maps.
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