Kenneth Field

Ken is an academic cartographer and geographer from the UK, and since 2011 he teaches, talks and writes about cartography, and makes maps to demonstrate map design at Esri. He considers himself a professional 'cartonerd', educated with a Bachelors in cartography and a PhD in GIS and health geography, and over 30 years experience designing curricula, and teaching map design and GIS. He has presented and published an awful lot and is in demand as a panelist and keynote. He blogs (, tweets (@kennethfield), is past Editor of The Cartographic Journal (2005–2014), and past Chair of the ICA Map Design Commission ( 2010-2018). He’s won a few awards for maps, pedagogy and kitchen tile designs. He is author of the best-selling books 'Cartography.' and 'Thematic Mapping' and leads the Esri MOOC on cartography which has been taken by over 200,000 students interested in making better maps. He snowboards, plays drums, builds Lego and supports Nottingham Forest.

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Graphical cartograms in ArcGIS Pro

Tool to make Dorling and Demers cartograms in ArcGIS Pro

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Einstein tiles: relatively speaking

Resources to generate einstein aperiodic tiles for binning.

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Let it snow!

Discussion of a hex-binned snowflake styled thematic map map with shared styles

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Border and boundary vignettes

Techniques for creating border and boundary vignettes

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Ethics in mapping

Some thoughts on what ethical mapping is and why it's an important component in making and sharing maps.

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Experiments with line symbology IV – Vivacity

How to make animated lines using ArcGIS Pro

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Experiments with line symbology III – Intensity

Exploring ways of symbolising line features to show intensity and movement

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Experiments with line symbology II – Multiplicity

Exploring the use of small multiples and polar area charts to map line features

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Experiments with line symbology I – Simplicity

Some examples of simple symbology to illustrate line features

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