Infographics are a quick and easy way to share information about your business. They’re packed full of attractive graphic elements that present information in an attractive and easy-to-digest way – ideal for presenting statistics, facts or figures.
Here are five great web-apps that make creating and sharing infographics so much easier. They’re easy-to-use, require little technical or graphic design skill, and can be made up in a matter of minutes using your data.
Visual.ly is a one-stop shop for the creation of data visualisations and infographics. You can create individual infographic pages, or complex and long infographics for presenting multiple findings. There are loads of great designs and backgrounds you can use, and you can even submit your own. Infographics, or visualisations as Visual.ly call them, are a mixture of design, journalism and analysis which is great for your business profile and marketing.
Easel.ly is a very user-friendly system for creating free infographics. You can drag-and-drop elements in the web-based interface, and you can easily change, resize or alter any images to create a unique infographic for your data. Easel.ly is currently available for free use in beta version, but plans to launch soon with lots of great functions and new tools.
Piktochart is an infographic web-app which allows you to create and share infographics with a lot more customisation. It offers a basic free package with three themes for what it calls a “casual user”, and if you find that it works for you then there are 100 designer themes and charts for paid users. Piktochart allows you to “make information beautiful” without extensive technical or artistic ability.
Info.gram is a fast and easy-to-use service that lets you pick from standard themes and add your own charts, data and maps. Within a few minutes you can import a .csv or Excel file to create a visual chart or graph using different elements. Pictoral charts and maps are popular for graphic-heavy infographics, while steam graphs and bar charts are an excellent alternative to standard chart packages for business.
Wordle is an online-based tool that lets you create beautiful word clouds from the words that you provide. Using algorithms and code, it creates a design using different font sizes and colours to represent the importance of data or words. Use this to create attractive visualisations for use in presentations or online in social media or other channels. You can print out the images or save them in a public gallery for other users to see.
Updated on July 21st, 2014