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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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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Creating parapets for line-over-polygons

By Ken Field, Esri Research Cartographer We received an interesting question on Ask a Cartographer recently which asked if there is a ...

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Designing the Irish Surnames map

By Ken Field, Esri Research Cartographer Back in 2009, I (and my co-author Dr. Linda Beale) created a map showing the historical and n...

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