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Kendall Gordon

How to create infographics - free resources online to get you started

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The use of infographics and data representation is a key in increasing understanding and absorbence of information. Visual representations are highly impactful and represent information using quick, colorful, and to the point data. No matter the occupational field, infographics could be used to increase not only comprehension but also the range of users that are effectively reached. No graphic design experience necessary.

Below are some free (with paid upgrades available) and easy (so they say) infographic customization venues I have found with great user reviews.

Piktochart- https://piktochart.com/

Venngage https://venngage.com/

Canva- https://about.canva.com/

Visme- http://www.visme.co/

Easel.ly- http://www.easel.ly/

Infogr.am- https://infogr.am/

Below are popular data visualization tools that are a little more complex but widely used.

Tableau- https://www.tableau.com/

Datawrapper- https://www.datawrapper.de/

 

Graphiq- https://www.graphiq.com/

Google maps is not only used as a directional tool, but can also represent geographical data. See its possible uses here (https://support.google.com/maps/?hl=en#topic=3092425)

 

Do you have any tips, critiques and experience to add that will help others get started or avoid pitfalls?

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Thank you for sharing the free online resources for creating infographics, Kendall!

I’m a little familiar with Piktochart and Canva. I’d say that Piktochart offers you more possibilities, but it also takes more time to create posters or other infographics. In the end they look very professional though. Canva has a lot of templates that you can pick up for free and change for your needs (perfectly if you don’t have that much time or for the less creative ones between ourselves). But you can generate a total new one as well – there are a lot of different fonts, backgrounds, icons, pictures, etc. to choose from. You can also upload your own images you want to integrate in the infographic.

I can recommend both of the tools. They are pretty easy to use and help you to site your information in the infographic with reference lines as well. Just be aware that you have to look for images and icons with search terms in English only - otherwise it won't find any.

But no matter which tool you use, you’d better set yourself a time limit, otherwise it might happen that you get lost looking for good pieces to insert or end up with almost a hundred versions of your infographic that you have to decide between.

Who else worked with one of the mentioned tools – or even another one? I would like to hear any critique about them as well to maybe try another one or stay with the ones I already use.

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