Imagine helping people digest 1,000 words’ worth of information in a few seconds.
Readers want quick access to information, and infographics are a creative way to deliver it.
You should look into infographics because:
- We receive five times more information today than we did in 1986 and are 80 percent more willing to read something in color.
- Forty-five percent more users will click on a link that leads to an infographic.
- Infographics provide valuable inbound links. (Streetcouch does a good job of explaining how.)
Readers aren’t the only ones who want quick and easy access to information. You, the infographic creator, are also short on time. You need simple, quick ways to create beautiful infographics.
Forget about Photoshop and other time-consuming image-creation methods. These tools make creating infographics simpler than ever:
Easel.ly helps you create infographics in just a few clicks, and its basic version is free.
First, pick a template from a long list. (For instance, you could search for a template that features a map or timeline. A search bar and drop-down menu allow you to filter the results.) Second, add shapes, backgrounds, charts, objects and text to personalize the template and tell your story.
Visualize.me helps users create infographic resumes, but the template designs aren’t limited to this purpose. Once you sign in with your LinkedIn or email account, you can select from a range of beautiful themes, language maps, timelines, bubble charts, tree maps, pictograms and more.
Visme enables you to create interactive presentations, infographics, ad banners, animations, customer layouts and more. It has an extensive library of templates, shapes, icons and objects.
Coursework Spot, a service that offers academic research, highly recommends this app. If you don’t have to make many changes, you can simply edit the text and hit publish. You can also insert data values to change the charts and graphs.
Visme is specially priced for teachers and students.
PiktoChart markets itself as the tool that lets “non-designers create beautiful infographics in as little as 10 minutes.” It has more than 400 customizable themes with retina-ready images, objects, graphs and colors.
One of the most brilliantly designed websites, Canva aims to train both designers and non-designers to produce creative visuals. After going through a brief tutorial to acquaint you with the program, you’re free to create your project, whether it be a presentation, Facebook cover photo, business card, ad, poster, banner or retina-ready infographic.
Infogram helps you make charts and infographics in three easy steps: pick a template, visualize the data and publish. Users have created more than 2 million infographics, some having been used by such prestigious entities as Euronews, University of Cambridge and The Huffington Post.
Venngage has everything you need in order to create and immediately publish infographics for free. You can choose from hundreds of professional templates.
You can make more than infographics with Venngage, too. You can also create reports, posters, promotions and social media posts.
If you want a timeline-based infographic, Dipity does the job.
iCharts is a cloud-based visual analytics platform that enables users to design visuals for data sets, extensive research or complex business information quickly and easily. Because iCharts is in the cloud, you can access and update your data any time.
10. Geo Commons
If you’re more interested in maps than timelines, Geo Commons is perfect for geography-based infographics.
11. Google Charts
You may already be familiar with Google Charts, and it requires little training or experience to understand. Google Charts offers all kinds of charts, maps, bars and statistical goodies. Plus, it’s free.
Infoactive is a simple, flexible platform that helps you create interactive infographics and other data-driven stories. Connect your data to the application, and let automation do the rest.
This Android application analyzes when, where and how you take photos, and then it compiles the information into an infographic.
14. Get About
Get About helps you create infographics that track Twitter search terms, hashtags and mentions. With this tool, you can monitor your social media activity with infographics that chart how you connect and share with your network.
Creately enables teams to collaborate on visual projects in real time. Creately will help you craft shapes, diagrams, connectors and more in one compact space.
This iPhone application creates infographics based on how, when and where you take photos. Similar to Photo Infographic Gen Lite for Android, PhotoStats reveals your photography habits in just a few clicks. You can also share your infographics with friends.
17. Charts Bin
Charts Bin is a free online solution that helps you to create interactive maps. You can also easily copy and paste the maps’ HTML code to your blog.
Gliffy provides a variety of flow charts, UML diagrams, wireframes, network diagrams, organizational charts and sitemaps. Create digital visualizations by dragging and dropping shapes, lines and objects from the library and transforming words into graphs.
Sometimes word clouds are all you need when explaining a concept. Wordle will help you create unique and interactive word clouds in a variety of fonts, layouts, color schemes and more.
20. Simile Widgets
Simile Widgets is a simple website that enables users to create “free, open-source data visualizations and Web widgets.” The software will let you create exhibits, timelines, time-plots and more.
A version of this article originally appeared on JeffBullas.com.