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The best tools for Creating your own Infographics

Updated on January 2, 2014
What is an Infographic?
What is an Infographic? | Source

Infographics for Creating Engaging Content

It is heartening to know that tools and resources available for web content authors and bloggers are ever increasing and making their tasks simple and more effective. The task of attracting potential audience to one’s website can be efficiently done by making use of these tools in creative ways. One such tool that has rapidly grabbed the attention of bloggers is Infographic- a tool for presentation of complex statistical data or knowledge in the form of eye-catching and simple graphics.

Any data or a process can be effectively visualized by means of graphical representation. Infographics quickly display thousands of words in very lucid and pleasing visuals. Infographics comprise of multi-colored charts, tables, graphs and other custom-made items.

The idea of Infographic seems to have caught up only recently though it was introduced in early 2000. Just a few years ago, most of the bloggers knew nothing about infographics and surely they had never thought of using a technique such as this. What then is the reason for such rapid increase in infographics-craze? It is of course because the readers are more interested than having a quick-view rather than going through a lengthy post. In other words, many bloggers realized that this pattern of writing lengthy posts has become commonplace and were looking for better alternatives.

Readers prefer absorbing knowledge from infographics rather than textual presentation to save their time and avoid unnecessary scrolling. Infographics make users stay on the blog or website for a longer time plus they assure you a potential customer. Because of their graphical content, infographics are highly shared and they go viral in seconds among various social networks. This is a plus for all the bloggers.

That being said, infographic is only a tool but not a substitute for your blog posts. You might want to make sure that you do not stuff your blog only with infographics for our online readers cannot be impressed only with nice pictures without matching and relevant content.

How to Create your Own Infographics?

The art of creating infographics started slowly with the development in Flash Animations. But then, its use was limited for graphic designers. With development of HTML 5, CSS 3 and other web technologies creation of infographics has become still simpler. Graphic designers can create high-quality infographics as they have complete control over the design process. Graphic designers display their originality, creativity and skills of developing from the scratch that make their infographics stand out.

But you do not have to be a graphic designer and be proficient in using Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and Corel to create your own infographics. If you have an interesting set of data, you can present it in the form of Infographic easily. Here is an interesting list of websites that everyone can use (without having to be a designer) to create impressive infographics.

6 Web-based tools for creating your own infographics

Infogr.am is the best web application available to create engaging infographics quickly. You do not have to be a designer or an analyst to use this amazing platform. Moreover, infogr.am is totally free to use. Infogr.am has become a popular platform that has helped to produce 1617,733 infographics till date. Infogr.am provides many drag and drop features to exemplify your facts with the use of graphs, text, tree-maps, pie charts, bubble charts and many more.

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You can choose from the available designs from the gallery and then modify it by adding the items you want. It is possible to add images, videos and maps from your drive or other source to the design template. The infogr.am allows creating different styles of text in Headlines, Chart Titles, Quotes, Body-Text, Facts and Figures and Timers.

‘Facts and Figures’ and ‘Timer’ texts are effective in highlighting dynamic data. Infogr.am also provides its users a built-in spreadsheet that enables editing data quickly and without hassles. Different file formats such as XLS, CSV and XLSV are supported for importing.

Once you are done with your design, you can download the infographics to your computer either in PDF or PNG format. Finally, it also allows us to share our work with the world or directly embed the infographics into our blogs posts or articles.

2. Piktochart

Piktochart is another powerful tool that lets you design easy infographics. With 500000 users and about 900000 infographics created, this tool provides 120 exciting themes for users. Piktochart has provides free tutorials and eBook to help its users to create compact and creative infographics. Red Bull, Harvard University, Cornell University, Deloitte etc. are renowned clients using Piktochart.

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Although it is not free to use like infogr.am, it has more features and supports to design good infographics. There are different packages available for users to choose to be a paid member starting from $29/month. Considering its easy-to-use features that help in designing impressive graphics and complete support, it is worth trying. However users can sign up for trial version but that provides you fewer images, customizing features and themes available.

A great thing about Piktochart is that it provides a ‘WYSWIG’ editor with a complete drag-and-drop interface for users. Icons, images, vectors, chart exporters and themes are available for you to combine and create wonderful graphics. One can use the category filter to look for particular themes. Infographics so created can be easily exported as images or published directly in web pages. To make your infographics stand out, you can embed them as iframes.

3. Visual.Ly; Great marketplace for Visual Content

Visual.ly is a great online tool to create and customize infographics. It lets you bring your story to action by means of videos, presentations, diagrams and infographics. One of the best features of visual.ly is that it shares your creation with millions of others and also lets you access their stories. If you are a novice, you can also get guidance from experts in designing and content creation. Cisco, Nissan and many other brands use ‘Visual.ly’ for creating amazing visual content. You too can watch your infographics go viral on the web world in no time!

4. Infoactive; Responsive, Interactive and Simple

Infoactive really makes your data look good and stand out. When it comes to delivering the best data visualization with simplicity nothing can beat infoactive. Infoactive offers most useful tools to create eye-catching graphical data. Its features as compared to other platforms are quite advanced. Interactive, responsive and mobile-friendly graphics are all you need for your blogs.

It has a number of options to combine your textual dataset with colorful graphs and other interactive items. The features are easy to use and your creation looks good on all devices; mobiles, tablets and laptops. Apart from the static data, users can visualize dynamic datasets. Addition of such live data makes you leading author publishing up-to-date information.

Infoactive-Create Data Driven Stories
Infoactive-Create Data Driven Stories | Source

You can share your infographics easily with your Facebook, Twitter and other audience and embed them into your blogs. Another plus is that Infoactive generates a static version of the infographics that you have created so that you can share it in the places where dynamic or interactive content sharing is not compatible.

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5: Venngage

Venngage is a web application for creating powerful analytics reports and infographics. With their many beautiful templates and illustrative examples, you can create nice infographics. You can use Venngage for free and yet make use of simple features or you can opt for premium account. You can also run a free trial to understand the tool better. You can sign up for paid-account by paying $19 month. A premium account offers you many features and does not restrict the number of infographics you generate.

Venngage offers a number of premium design templates and well-built graphics, charts and icons. You can involve audience and also keep a check on the results of your design. Just like Infogr.am, you can save your design in PNG and PDF formats.

6. easel.ly; Theme Based Web-app for Infographics

Easel.ly offers a number of themes and a drag-and-drop WYSWIG interface to create infographics. One of its outstanding features is that it lets you easily include different graphics from objects categorized as music, transportation, landmarks, maps, charts, banners, people, icons, food, nature and animals.

One can easily select a theme, drop it on to the canvas, resize the objects, drag and drop new art onto the infographic. You can choose the color, style and size of objects. Any object that is put onto infographic can be edited, customized or changed. However there are limited numbers of themes to choose from. Yet its ‘Upload’ option has made it possible to customize the infographics as you wish.

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Sharing your Infographics:

When you are done with creating infographics, it is not an end-it is just the beginning. Your purpose is to gain audience who are likely to follow you and share your thoughts with others. Here, you have to adopt your marketing strategies for your infographics and wait till they become the wall-post of thousands!

Infographics are shared by active users of many social networks. Hashtag# was one of such popular Infographics for it was tweeted by 56,765 users within only 24 hours. You can easily imagine the potential of good infographics in improving your blog/website traffic. It is nice to know that all the above mentioned platforms provide direct ways to publicize your inforgraphics. Here are some simple tricks and tips that help you to promote your infographics effectively.

1. Target your Facebook and Twitter Fans

Facebook and twitter audience do keep up with the updates from those whom they follow. These audience will get engaged in exploring more about your infographics and share it with others. Give a catchy caption for your infographics and describe it in few words before posting on Facebook and Twitter so that your fans understand your new venture.

2. Pin your Infographics

Pinterest is a content sharing social website where people pin images and videos they like. Users have profiles where they pin the images/videos they like from other websites or users. When you pin your infographics, the users who will view or like it will be directed to the primary website/blog where it is posted. So you have good chance of being noticed if you pin your infographics.

3. Use Photo Sharing Social Networks:

There are a number of Photo Sharing websites that let you upload your own creations that direct viewers back to your original blog/website. Millions of users constantly use these websites and hence you never know when your infographics becomes the favorite share of many!

Smugmug, PhotoBucket, Flickr and Snapfish are few of the popular image sharing websites that you can try.

When to use infographics?

Take into consideration the following points that will help you decide when you can use infographics effectively.

  • To display data that is lengthy in forms of simple pictures.
  • To present facts and figures by highlighting them.
  • To explain instructions, tips or features.

A good blogger always tries to adopt new trends and technologies that provide a useful experience to his readers. Infographics are now recognized as best way to make your posts attractive. It is the best time for you to try out these web apps.

How effective are Infographics?

To demonstrate how effective infographics are, I have created a small infographic of this post. As mentioned earlier, infographics simply enhances the look and feel of the post but this does not replace the necessity of having high quality content. When you have placed useful content, make use of infographics to present the same in attractive ways so as to grab immediate attention of viewers.

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    • Zainab Tarawali profile image

      Musu Bangura 2 years ago from Nation's Capital

      This information is very helpful. I've been wondering if infographics is still something that is used - especially for blogging and freelancing. Thanks for sharing.

    • annanee profile image

      annanee 2 years ago from USA

      I was just wondering if I can include infographics in my hub, and I stumbles across yours. Thanks for sharing, I will check out the resources you posted.

    • Efficomm profile image

      Marc 2 years ago from Netherlands

      Have been working in the creating inforgraphins for a few months now

      Looking baack I discovered http:\\custominfographic.com can do it better and fast, creating time for me to do other things.

      I do like the tool it just takes to much time for me

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