Isomatic is a website for making professional pictograms from the users own data. The site has numerous examples of how the tool can be used, which is good for deciding which style you would like to use. There are a variety of features to choose from which are found to the left of the map making it easy to customise (see image below).


It is also possible to export the map using the menu at the top of the page. The graphs that can be produced using this site are very simple, therefore there are limits on the complexity of the information that can be used. Below is an example of the type of dataset that can be used.


Overall I would rate this site as a 3/5, as it gives people the ability to create aesthetically pleasing maps but limits the amount of data that can be represented.


Datashine Census

Datashine Census is a website set up by staff at UCL, which allows the user to create maps using census data from 2011. Below is a video of my opinion of the website:



This website gives users the possibility to overlay their own data from excel onto a google maps base layer. To do this they can either upload a spreadsheet or drag and drop data onto the page. The data is shown as colour coded points on the map. There is a relatively small selection of chart features to choose from (displayed below), limiting the amount and type of data that can be mapped.


This gives the finished map a dull appearance however it does mean that the map is easy to understand. The website is free to use and can map data at a global scale. Overall I would give this site a 2/5 as the maps are not particularly interesting and they are limited in the amount that the user can personalise them.


Above is a link to Gapminder, which is a tool for creating high spec maps using data provided by different servers. These maps give global results and the data is frequently updated. The advantages of using this software is the ability to create aesthetically pleasing and detailed interactive maps, with data that can be selected from a large range of datasets (over 500 different datasets). For first time users there is a clear tutorial which explains how to use the website. The only disadvantage I found was the speed at which the map loaded, however this is probably determined by internet strength, speed of computer, etc. I would rate the website as 4/5, with the only improvement being the possibility to input one’s own data to be mapped.