It's quite remarkable to see what you can do within a web browser these days. HTML5 and improved internet connections have enabled us to do just about anything on the web. In the past, to create infographics in Photoshop, it would have cost you a few thousand dollars just to get the program; now all you need is a connection to the internet as most services offer a free subscription option.
Within the Shopify Partners team, we use infographics on our blog to illustrate trends, content, tool comparisons, and much more. Infographics can be valuable to amplify your content, so to get you started, here's a rundown of the best online tools for creating infographics in 2016.
Canva is one of the most popular online tools for creating beautiful designs, including infographics. You can find infographic templates created by others in the Canva community which you can start using for free. Here's a creative example of a solar system infographic, which you can adapt and modify to create your very own original infographic:
The Canva interface is nicely organized and a pleasure to use. Even if you're not that tech savvy, you won't find a big learning curve because every design element can be dragged and dropped it into place. There are many layout varieties to choose from, countless font choices, and over one million images available from Canva that will boost your creativity. If you're still in need of additional resources, check out these 12 Icon Pack Resources or 10 royalty free stock photo resources.
If your infographics are data centric, I suggest that you look into Infogram. I have seen several of Infogram's infographic data charts in the wild on The Verge after companies such as Apple announce their quarterly earnings. The infographics are always clean and easy to read.
There's also a developer API if you have a developer on your team who is looking to incorporate your data into dynamic infographics and embed them on your site. Furthermore, the embedded infographics are responsive and interactive. This means that your infographics will look great on mobile phones, tablets, and desktops. There are several templates to choose from and they are easily shareable on social media.
So your team wants to create and publish an infographic, but you don’t want to take design into your own hands. If you would rather hire someone else to do it for you, the fine folks at Visually can connect you with over 1000 hand-picked freelance designers who will work closely with your team to get you what you're looking for.
Having a group of experts who know the product and service can yield amazing results. Above is a stunning example of a custom infographic created by Visually for CVS and The Huffington Post.
Visually has worked with Visa, Nike, Twitter, Salesforce, Ford, and many other fantastic companies. If your team is not ready to tackle design for an infographic, check out what Visually has been able to create for others and see if they'd be a good fit for you and your team.
Venngage is focused on doing one thing great: infographics. Unlike many other services who offer to create slideshows, reports, and wireframes, Venngage promises that it can help you to create a beautiful infographic in just three easy steps. The templates they offer as starting points are beautiful, and the resources accompanying the templates such as charts, maps, and icons seamlessly integrate into the stylistic theme of the templates.
And if you're still looking for a little bit more control, Venngage offers an advanced design tool to provide you with complete control of the graphics and objects in your infographic. When you're ready, you can share your infographic to your social channels, embed on the web, or download as an image or PDF.
There's a team of designers behind Piktochart’s 500 infographic templates. This means that the only thing you will have to worry about in order to create a beautiful infographic is your content. Templates are updated on a weekly basis and include icons, photos/videos, charts, and maps that you can drag and drop into your infographic – there's no need to search around the web for hours to find what you need.
You can also integrate your own data to their built-in spreadsheet layout or from other services like Survey monkey. When your infographic is finished, you can embed it to your site, present it as a slideshow on a browser, or download and print it as a PDF.
Is your infographic looking a little too static? Want to add some animations to the design elements? With Visme, you can turn your infographic into a interactive infographic with built-in animations. When you share your infographic as a URL, visitors will see the animated infographic upon visiting and as they scroll down the page depending on the animations you have set.
You can also lock-down your infographic with a password if you want to share it online but only want your target audience to view it. This is a useful feature if you're working remotely and need to share it with the team before the infographic is shared publicly to the world.
The possibilities are endless
If you’re looking for an infographic tool of choice, try a few tools to see which one suits your working style. With so many to choose from, I’m sure you’ll find the right tool for you. Many of these services offer free subscriptions options, so the days of needing expensive software to create beautiful designs are over. I look forward to seeing your infographics on the web.
Words: Levin Mejia
Levin Mejia is a self-taught designer and front-end developer working with Shopify as a designer advocate. His passion for design combined with his thirst for continual learning inspired him to run his own conference: Go Beyond Pixels. He has worked for clients all over the world, such as Vox Media in NYC.
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