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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Mind the map: a new design for the London Underground map

A modern take on the London tube map with updated accessible colours, a re-classification of lines by type, and line symbols scaled by frequency

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Totally Eclipsed

Exploring the value of critique as part of the process of creating a new map of the Total Eclipse that will cross the United States on April 8th

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Pie in the sky

Sharing a new ArcGIS Pro style called moonpies which provides an alternative chart symbology to the much maligned pie chart

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Points of View

Sharing a new tool to calculate the angle (bearing) between multiple points of origin to a single point of destination.

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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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