By: Kenneth Field
  • One of the best books about data-driven maps available.
  • This book distills the essence of cartography into useful topics, organized by the specific idea or method you need
  • At the intersection of science and art, this book serves as a guidepost for designing an accurate and effective map.

Author does an Cartography MOOC course through Esri, Awesome Course, Awesome Book!

Mr. Field and his colleagues did a wonderful job on a Esri MOOC Cartography course I took last year. This book is so informative, colorful, and brilliantly written. It is not a boring book, as subjects are explained there are plenty of beautiful pictures, images, and more to look at. This book is a keeper! I am not finished reading it yet, but no complaints. Every cartographer should have this book in their library.

Tee in Cocoa, Florida

Tee in Cocoa, Florida

Cocoa, FL, US

More Praises

Good Content. Poor Print Quality.

The content is top notch but the print quality is poor (blurry), diminishing reader experience. If I could rate the content separate from the print quality, I would give 5 stars for content and 1 star for printing.

Carlynne Worsham


Not just for mapmakers.

Want to make a map? This is the place the start.

Want to learn how to display information clearly? This is the book for you.

Want to see amazing examples of maps and data presently clearly? See them here.

Loved the book.

David J. Simpson

Campbell, CA USA

A Masterpiece

Whether you are a map maker or a map lover, this book is a fantastic deep dive manual of cartography in the digital era. There is so much to learn about the craft of map making, anyone interested in the subject will find this to be an enormously useful resource.

A book about cartographic design should, of course, be well designed - Cartography is a beautiful book that would grace the coffee table of anyone interested in the subject! You might even find your friends browsing through it and developing an interest :)



Cartographic Cornucopia

Hands down, the best Esri book I've ever purchased. It's packed with tons of cartographic techniques, advice, and examples. Definitely doesn't lack for content.

Eazy Eric


Inspiring cartography book

Such a wonderful, inspiring book! Me and my students LOVE it!



Wonderful book about maps.

Awesome book.



Modern carto expertise

Everyone aspiring to cartographic know-how should own this book.



Book Details

Publisher : Esri Press; 1st edition (June 28, 2018)
Language: : English
Paperback : 576 pages
ISBN-10 : 1589484398
ISBN-13 : 978-1589484399
Item Weight : 4.4 pounds
Dimensions : 8.4 x 1.2 x 10.3 inches
Best Sellers Rank : #97,437 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
#24 in Cartography
#29 in Remote Sensing & GIS
#31 in Geographic Information Systems

About the Author

Kenneth Field


A self-confessed ‘cartonerd’ with a personal and professional passion for mapping. Ken gained his BSc in Cartography at Oxford Polytechnic and PhD in GIS at Leicester University and fell into academia. He spent 20 years in key positions in UK universities before ditching the bureaucracy and admin for the no-brainer move to sunny California to join Esri in 2011. He has presented and published an awful lot. He blogs (, tweets (@kennethfield), is past Editor of The Cartographic Journal (2005–2014), and Chair of the ICA Map Design Commission (2011–2019). He co-founded the Journal of Maps, is on the advisory board of the International Journal of Cartography, is a Fellow of both the British Cartographic Society and Royal Geographic Society, is a Chartered Geographer (GIS), and only the second Honorary Member of the New Zealand Cartographic Society.

Ken is in love with maps, makes maps, collects maps, writes about maps, has a tattoo of his favourite map and is devoted to encouraging others to see the value in quality cartography and helping them make better maps. He attempts to push the boundaries of cartography, and he has received numerous awards for his maps, writing and pedagogy (though he’s most proud of an award for a kitchen tile design!). He’s in demand as a panellist and keynote speaker and has curated and judged numerous map galleries. He is author of the book CARTOGRAPHY ( which provides a compendium of design advice for mapmakers. He is also guilty of having the idea to develop a MOOC on Cartography ( and roping in his talented colleagues to help bring it to fruition. Despite evidence to the contrary, life’s not all about maps, and Ken can also be found on a snowboard, behind a drum kit, building Lego, walking @wisley_dog, being in awe of his far more talented better half @lindabeale, or supporting his hometown football team, Nottingham Forest.

You can view his maps at

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