Done right, infographics can be a great way to make sense of complex data. The best infographics transform complex information and data into graphics that are both easy to grasp and visually appealing. The only problem is, infographics that look like they were simple to make are often anything but.
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Here, we've selected our top free tools and apps for making infographics. Some of the options here are even suitable for non-designers, as templates and other features make them easy to use.
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Visme promises to help you 'speak visually'. You can also use it to build presentations, but it's especially geared towards creating engaging infographics. This free tool includes over 100 free fonts, millions of free images and thousands of quality icons, and there's options to include video and audio (including the ability of record a voiceover directly in the editor – handy!). You can also animate your content to make things clearer.
Canva is a powerful and easy-to-use online tool that's suitable for all manner of design tasks, from brochures to presentations and much more besides. It also offers users a vast library of images, icons, fonts and features to choose from.
It features a dedicated infographic maker that you can use for free, with hundreds of free design elements and fonts at your fingertips, and many more premium elements that you can buy for up to $1. You can either use it in the browser or download the Canva iPad app to design on the move.
03. Google Charts
Google's chart tools are powerful, simple to use, and free. You can choose from a variety of charts and configure an extensive set of options to perfectly match the look and feel of your website. By connecting your data in real time, Google Charts is the perfect infographic generator for your website.
Piktochart is an infographic and presentation tool that enables you to turn boring data into engaging infographics with just a few clicks. Piktochart's custom editor lets you do things like modify colour schemes and fonts, insert pre-loaded graphics and upload basic shapes and images. Its grid-lined templates also make it easy to align graphical elements and resize images proportionally.
There's a free version offering three basic themes, a Lite pricing plan for $15 per month or a Pro account that costs $29 per month.
Infogram is a great free tool with a wide variety of graphs, charts and maps as well as the ability to upload pictures and videos to create cool infographics. You enter and edit the data that makes up the infographic in an Excel-style, the contents of which are reflected in your design. The software will automatically change the look of the infographic to perfectly represent your data, too.
When you're happy with your infographic you can publish it to the Infogram website for all to enjoy, embed it into your own website, or share it via social media.
Venngage is a great tool for creating and publishing infographics because it's so simple and easy to use. You can choose from templates, themes, and hundreds of charts and icons as well as uploading your own images and backgrounds, or adapt a theme to suit your brand. You can animate them too!
It was only a matter of time before an infographic resume generator turned up. With this tool, you can visualise your CV in one click and also take a look at previous examples. The idea is to enable people to express their professional accomplishments in a simple yet compelling personal visualisation. While infographic resume's aren't right for every situation, for certain cases they can be a great option.
This free web-based infographic tool offers you a range of templates to start you off, all of which are easily customisable. You get access to a library of things like arrows, shapes and connector lines, and you can customise the text with different fonts, colours, text styles and sizes. The tool also lets you upload your own graphics and position them with one touch.
The free option includes 60 images and 10 fonts, or for $3 a month you get a much wider pool of resources, plus boosted security options and – if you need it – design help.