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News October 16, 2019

by Danny Wilkins, Head of Technology News UK

How News UK moved from “Map Tuesdays” to creating maps daily on the fly

MapCreator offered the simplest map solution for The Times

People in a newsroom are exposed to a lot of pressure. I mean, what do I need to tell you…Deadlines, meetings, discussions, editing, coffee breaks, and still enjoy a bit of social life. Who doesn’t know this all?

Our struggle

We always give 100% at everything that we do. Finding tools that make our life easier and make us more productive is essential and provides us with a feeling that we are in control of what we are doing, right? 

Also, we realized we’re too rigid in our schedules, and we even had a “Map Tuesday” where all our maps had to be produced. Thus, our graphic teams could focus on other projects during the rest of the week. The problem was not just that, though. The map creation was just taking too long, and we had inconsistent results. This needed to change.

The perfect solution

Then we discovered MapCreator.io, or actually, they found us. It clicked immediately. Compared to other tools we tried, they convinced with the ease of use, implementing our in-house styles and icons, all the exciting features, options to customize the interface settings. MapCreator made our lives easier, and we were able to free up our graphic designer’s time again for what they’re good at. Being creative. 

Onboarding

MapCreator’s team made sure to show us everything about the tool in various training sessions in our office. They also fine-tune our map templates and update them according to the latest layout changes we give them.

I especially knew this paid off when I was seeing the graphics team in training, and that moment where they realize how much work this is going to save them. By now, we use MapCreator across our three titles in our graphics teams and are looking to introduce it to other teams like the picture desk. I can only recommend MapCreator and its service to anyone who wants to give graphic designer’s time back. 

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