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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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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Don’t be shy – exaggerate your maps!

Using some cartographic exaggeration in your maps and virtual globes can make all the difference to aid clarity and understanding.

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Make a transit map in ArcGIS Pro

Using simple editing tools you can quickly make a subway map in ArcGIS Pro

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