Kenneth Field

Ken is a professional 'cartonerd' with a Bachelors in cartography and a PhD in GIS. He's a former academic from the UK but, since 2011, he talks and writes about cartography, teaches and occasionally makes maps, with Esri, in far sunnier climes. He has presented and published an awful lot and is in demand as a panellist and keynote. He blogs (, tweets (@kennethfield), is past Editor of The Cartographic Journal (2005–2014), and current Chair of the ICA Map Design Commission ( He’s won a few awards for maps, pedagogy and kitchen tile designs. He is author of the best-selling book CARTOGRAPHY and recently taught a MOOC on cartography to over 110,000 people interested in making better maps. He snowboards, drums, builds Lego and supports Nottingham Forest.

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Pitch Perfect – a mapping experiment

Sometimes a simple idea leads to something quite fascinating. Since its publication in 2013 I was inspired by Louis Spirito's Baseball's ...

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Taming Typography with ArcGIS Pro

by Kenneth Field, Senior Cartographic Product Engineer Typography is one of the most important elements in map design. Successfully le...

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Take your terrain mapping to new heights

by Kenneth Field, Senior Cartographic Product Engineer Standard techniques for representing terrain, like a hillshade, are adequate for ...

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3D web scenes take flight

By Kenneth Field, Senior Cartographic Product Engineer The latest release of ArcGIS Online included a major new update that brought 3D s...

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Increase your transparency with ArcGIS Pro

One of the main benefits of redesigning a software package from the ground up is you can reflect on some of the limitations

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Brewing a new color palette for ArcGIS Pro

ArcGIS Pro offers a rich new experience for making maps.

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Red, Blue and Purple: mapping the 2012 US Presidential Election

Every time an election occurs, maps become a key component in telling the story

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Using Stamen and MapBox tilesets as basemaps in

A map tileset is simply a set of images stored on a web server which can be accessed directly.

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Using a binning technique for point-based multiscale web maps

Presenting point-based data on a web map is challenging because of the problem of overlapping symbology

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