Kenneth Field

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 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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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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Using a mapmaking checklist for map design

We all have favorite maps that we think are great, but rather than just saying a map looks great.

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Using scale visibility ranges for symbology in ArcGIS Online web maps

Using scale visibility ranges to set symbology in ArcGIS online web maps thumbnail

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Adding labels to ArcGIS Online web maps: Part 2

Adding labels to web maps Part 2 thumbnailIn Part 1 of this blog entry we showed you how to use the Feature Outline Masks tool

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Adding labels to ArcGIS Online web maps: Part 1

Labeling is important for most, if not all, maps so people can interpret and describe patterns

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Esri Canvas Maps part I: Author beautiful web maps with our new artisan basemap Sandwich

By Mamata Akella, Esri Design Cartographer, and Kenneth Field, Esri Research Cartographer Online web mapping is fast becoming the de f...

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Virtual dissolve for polygon fill and boundary lines

Virtual Dissolve - thumbnail We received a question on Ask a Cartographer recently which were both asking if it was possible to take a group

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