Map In Seconds

Challenge

Can map making with data be made so seamlessly that it only takes seconds? With choropleth maps you often need specialized and complex tools just to get started.  Those who don't have the tools will take hours or days, and it'll be a frustrating experience.  

Solution

We investigated how maps could be created easily by identifying the bare minimum that a tool would need from a user.  We found this to be user's data, which often came from spreadsheets.  Thus, we would build a tool where users only need to copy and paste their data into it.

Two quick maps are created here using Excel and Google Spreadsheet. 

Two quick maps are created here using Excel and Google Spreadsheet. 

Result

MapInSeconds.com automatically chooses the map the user would need based on the data.  It analyzes the keys in the left column of data, and selects the map that best matches those keys. Users can always manually select one of 600 maps from around the world.

The tool also incorporates a number of map design best practices, including map-safe colours, classed data for readability, and a smart legend system that adjusts to account for outliers.

You can read more about the tool on our blog post.