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 book 'Cartography.' and leads the Esri MOOC on cartography which has been taken by over 110,000 students interested in making better maps. His new book 'Thematic Mapping: 101 ways to visualise empirical data' is finished and awaiting publication. He snowboards, plays drums, builds Lego and supports Nottingham Forest.

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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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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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