Kenneth Field
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Ken is a professional 'cartonerd' with a Bachelors in cartography and a PhD in GIS and health geography. He's a former academic from the UK but, since 2011, he talks and writes about cartography, teaches and makes maps, with Esri, in far sunnier climes. He has presented and published an awful lot and is in demand as a panelist and keynote. He blogs (cartonerd.com), tweets (@kennethfield), is past Editor of The Cartographic Journal (2005–2014), and past Chair of the ICA Map Design Commission (mapdesign.icaci.org 2010-2018). He’s won a few awards for maps, pedagogy and kitchen tile designs. He is author of the best-selling book 'Cartography.' and leads the Esri MOOC on cartography which has been taken by over 110,000 people interested in making better maps. His new book 'Thematic Mapping: 101 ways to visualise empirical data' is finished and awaiting publication. He snowboards, plays drums, builds Lego and supports Nottingham Forest.

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Experiments with dot density – Part Two

Part two of a two-part article exploring options for dot density maps, including use of blend modes and dasymetric techniques.

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Experiments with dot density – Part One

Part one of a two-part article exploring options for dot density maps, including use of blend modes and dasymetric techniques.

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Map-making decisions to a deadline

Making a map quickly, and getting it right is all about piecing together small decisions to meet the deadline.

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Something in the water: the mythology of Snow’s map of cholera

A brief analysis of John Snow's research into cholera in Soho, London in 1854 and the role his famous map did or didn't play.

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Mapping coronavirus waffles

A technique to create multivariate thematic map symbology using waffle grids

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Mapping coronavirus coxcombs

Exploring the use of Coxcombs as a way to map the coronavirus pandemic

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Mapping coronavirus, responsibly

Access to almost real-time data and the need to communicate drives rapid mapping. But thinking remains crucial.

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Mercator, it’s not hip to be square

Background to the problems of the Mercator projection and web map solutions.

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Walking on the whole of the moon

A description of the cartographic approach, decisions and considerations taken when making a virtual globe of Earth's moon.

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