When I see an awesome map in a newspaper or magazine I always wonder how much work it required to design and draw it in Adobe Illustrator or Corel Draw… In fact maybe much less than I thought.
Maps4news is a platform that allows for designing awesome looking maps online and downloading them in a vector format needed for printed media (you can of course add images to the internet).
The platform lets graphic designers spend time on their own magic, rather than spending hours on the basics of creating a map background. The tool allows you to select one of predefined map styles or to create a new one. Than you can add multiple points, polygons and lines as well as graphic elements like arrows or icons. At the end you can download the map as an image or an editable vector file.
Maps4news graphic engine allows for couple of cool features. In the example on the video below you see that it can scoot labels on your map around your image, text box or marker (in that example represented by the dot).
Mathijs van Dijk, marketing director of Maps4news told us that over 120 newspapers around the world use their platform and the company is growing fast. Basically if you have to do a map for printed media or a simple not very complex interactive map you use Maps4News,
and if you have to make an awesome comprehensive looking map data visualisation you use Mapbox, CartoDB or ArcGIS online.
The platform is really fast and easy to use. You can generate 10 maps for free to test it. Below you’ll find couple of examples from newspapers around the world.