If you've ever read an issue of the Spatial Awareness newsletter, then you'll know that I keep track of a lot of people in the spatial industry. I get to see a huge amount of content from the spatial community, at least if it's shared on Twitter. As a result of this I have a huge backlog of content to share with you, which is partly the reason for creating this site; so I can share it more regularly.
What occurred to me is that perhaps not everyone is aware of the amazing selection of people in the spatial community on Twitter. There's pretty much something for everyone, and the quality of conversation and spatial visualisation is a constant source of inspiration.
With that in mind, I thought it would be a good idea to pull together a list of people that I either follow directly or regularly spot posting interesting stuff related to the spatial community.
The only rule here is that I'm only featuring individual people, so no company or product accounts. If there's interest I can follow up with another post on spatial companies to follow on Twitter, so leave comment below or DM me on Twitter if you'd like that.
I've also included a short one-liner about each person with my reasons for following them. I'm probably doing an incredible disservice to each of them! I've included a shameless example below.
If you want to see everyone's tweets all in one place then make sure to check out the actual Twitter list that I've put together for you to follow. I'll keep it updated as I feature more people in the future.
Some random guy who stalks a lot of spatial people on Twitter. Also creates crappy visualisations now and then.
There are so many amazing people in the spatial community, but you may notice some of them aren't on this list. That's partly because I needed to draw a line somewhere, but also because I can only cover the people I actually know about and follow on Twitter. I wanted to be able to personally vouch for each and every recommendation here — which I can.
I also want to address the fact that this list is predominantly white people from the US or Europe. This is a symptom of my lack of exposure to the full diversity and representation within the spatial community. This is a problem that I am actively trying to resolve.
If you want to help me with this then please recommended people and organisations I should follow, either in the comments or messaging me on Twitter. It would be much appreciated.
TL;DR; Please forgive me if you aren't on here; I still love you! 🙏
A great source of maps and data visualisation predominantly focused on the UK.
New Zealand focused, recently tinkering with Blender-based spatial visualisation.
Python and QGIS, working a lot with movement data.
Featured Carl back when he had 30 followers on Twitter. Great to see him at well over 1,000 now and still cranking out fantastic maps.
Great source for keeping up with all things Ordnance Survey.
Taking spatial data and turning it into art. Always an inspiration.
Featured Cristina late last year after seeing her lovely 30DayMapChallenge entries.
Another great follow if you're into the artistic slant on spatial visualisation.
Daniel P. Huffman
Single-handedly responsible for the recent influx of Blender-based visualisations.
Beautiful maps and raising awareness of colonial biases in cartography.
Animated 3D maps in Web browsers.
Constant stream of fantastic visualisations and detailed tutorials.
The source of truth for all things CityEngine.
Great visualisations and spatial content.
QGIS and lots of good spatial conversation.
Primarily focused around data journalism.
Lovely maps, predominantly UK oriented.
Artificial intelligence and machine learning within spatial data.
Do not follow him 😉 (but really, do.)
A literal wizard with making beautiful things using Mapbox Studio.
Creates stunning spatial visualisations related to Earth observation.
Featured Laura's fantastic Arctic map in the newsletter last year.
Great maps and data journalism.
Scotland and everything marine-related, including maps.
Cartography and design. Responsible for a selection of lovely Mapbox styles.
Constantly creating beautiful illustrated maps.
Truly inspirational data visualisation, and not just spatial.
Fascinating behind-the-scenes of his spatial-ish procedural building game.
Stunning spatial visualisations, often produced in Blender. The visualisation at the top of the page is one of Owen's! 👌
More insight into the world of Ordnance Survey, plus maps.
Loads of amazing interactive maps and data visualisation.
Constantly sharing top-quality spatial content.
Lovely maps, including many that are hand drawn.
Stunning spatial visualisation in Blender.
More stunning spatial visualisation in Blender.
Creator of Kepler.gl, need I say more!
Stephen R Smith
Quality maps and spatial content.
Mapbox guru on Stack Overflow, as well as maps and trees.
Lovely maps, often related to urban areas.
Quality tutorials on map-making with QGIS.
Creator of qgis2web plugin for QGIS.
Where to start. QGIS artist. Map-maker and creator of the 30DayMapChallenge.
Data visualisation and maps using R.
Creator of Leaflet and countless other high-performance spatial tools.
Spatial visualisation and data related to transportation.