Ah, infographics - the art of combining heavy data, facts or timelines with graphics to create clear and aesthetically appealing hubs of information to look at. The best infographics considers good design, illustration and animation and makes sure that there's a story or idea being communicated in the graphic design. Infographics do what a simple fact sheet could never - convey information in a visually stimulating way.
If you are looking to create your own infographic, then check out our visualisation tools or our roundup of the best infographic makers to help get you started. You may also want to consider a signing up to Adobe Creative Cloud (or some Photoshop alternatives if you'd prefer.) But before you head off and start on your own, scroll through our brilliant list of the 63 best infographics we could find to help get you inspired.
We have divided our list into a number of categories for you, so you can head straight to what you're looking for or jump from section to section as you please. If you'd like to have a proper good look at an infographic, simply click on it and you'll be transported straight to the full infographic.
And so we start at the section of infographics about...infographics (infograph-ception, or what?)
Best infographics about infographics
01. What is an Infographic?(opens in new tab)
This simple but totally genius infographic made from lego was designed by Hot Butter Studio (opens in new tab)'s Beth Kanter. Kanter is a visual marketeer who used this very graphic in her blog (opens in new tab) that explains how enforcing visual order upon data can help an audience draw conclusions and how to use them constructively.
02. Why your Brain Craves Infographics(opens in new tab)
Why do the best infographics become so popular? This interactive infographic by NeoMam Studios (opens in new tab) explores exactly what it is about them that hits the spot. featuring some cool parallax scrolling effects along the way.
03. The Infographic of Infographics(opens in new tab)
This infographic from artist Ivan Cash (opens in new tab) unpicks the trend for data visualisation and explores the stats surrounding the best infographics. It explains what fonts are popular, how many sections are typically included, what themes tend to crop up, and more.
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04. World's Most Popular Artist(opens in new tab)
Who is your favourite artist? Frida Kahlo, Van Gogh, Banksy... the possibilities span countries and eras. But have you ever wondered if your passions lie with the same artist as other art fans in your country? This set of art-based data visualisations, created by Ken Bromley Art Supplies (opens in new tab), are some of the most beautiful we've seen.
05. Font Psychology and Pop Culture(opens in new tab)
What effect does your font choice have on your audience, psychologically? That’s what this design, produced by Venngage (opens in new tab), sets out to explore by reference to some of the most popular Netflix shows of recent years. From The Crown to 13 Reasons Why, what does each show’s typography say about their viewers, and what moods, genres and trends do they highlight?
06. History of Life(opens in new tab)
What better way to explore a world than by exploring our own world, and this is one of the best infographics to do so. Created by Juan Martinez (opens in new tab), it defines each geological era of planet Earth, the changing shape of the land continents, and includes timelines, life milestones and mass extinction events.
07. A Stranger to Words
Dyslexic Artist Meng Chih Chiang (opens in new tab) created this data visualisation graph, which explores her own world of language. The fascinatingly complex infographic expresses the curve of her personal learning experience as she encounters language in her day-to-day life.
08. 50 years of Doctor Who(opens in new tab)
Illustrator Sam Gilbey (opens in new tab) has produced some of the best pop-culture infographics over the years. And we particularly loved this design, commissioned by Virgin to mark the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who back in 2013.
There have been a number of new Doctors since, of course, including ones sneakily retro-engineered by the writers into the show's existing canon. But for anyone new to Who, it gives a good overview of the first five decades of the show; and for die-hard fans, it's a lovely look back at an era when Doctor Who continuity was relatively straightforward.
09. Hip Hop(opens in new tab)
Design studio Dorothy (opens in new tab) has carved some of the best infographics in poster form. Its designs often chart the many complex connections between entertainment genres and sub-genres, and are perfect for any superfan to display on their studio walls.
Stand-out examples include the 'blueprints' series, exploring the history of hip hop, showcased here; alternative and electronic music over the decades; the 'colour wheel' series, dedicated to the colour palettes of movies, books and music; and 'star charts', which map the relationships between seminal films, actors and directors.
10. Oddity Viz(opens in new tab)
The winner of an Information is Beautiful award, Valentina D'Efilippo (opens in new tab)'s creative visualisation of the iconic Bowie track Space Oddity contrasts Dorothy's expansive genre-spanning creations by opting to go narrow and deep instead.
D'Efilippo worked with researcher Miriam Quick to gather data about the track, which she then visualised as a series of ten 12-inch discs, each of which deconstructs the track in a different way: according to melodies, harmonies, lyrics, structure, story and more.
11. An Analysis of The Beatles(opens in new tab)
This interactive creation (opens in new tab) is one of the best infographics we've seen to analyse the Fab Four. It breaks down their career by year and by album and providing plenty of insight into who wrote what, which Beatle had the biggest vocabulary (hint: it wasn't Ringo), what most of their songs were about, and much more.
12. SWANH.NET(opens in new tab)
The best infographics go the extra mile, but this one goes the extra light year! Swiss illustrator Martin Panchaud (opens in new tab) has adapted the original 1977 Star Wars film, A New Hope, into a 123-metre-long animated wonder. Created in Illustrator CC, using 157 pictures across 22 separate files, it took him over a year to produce.
13. Grand Taxonomy of Rap Names(opens in new tab)
This colourful infographic examines 282 famous rappers in startling detail. Our favourite section? 'Audacious spelling': with sub-categories of 'Improper use of K' (hey, OutKast) and 'Misspelled adjectives' (that's you, Ludacris). This infographic was brought to you by Pop Chart Lab (opens in new tab); a company set up by a book editor and a graphic designer who joined forces with one modest goal in mind: to render all of human experience in chart form.
14. The Magnificent Multitude of Beer(opens in new tab)
The multitude of varieties, brands and tastes of beer available can sometimes be a little overwhelming. So what better way to showcase the taxonomy of beer than with an infographic? Another one from Pop Chart Lab (opens in new tab), this infographic ended up being so big (at 60x40in) that the team had to enlist the help of another printing firm to handle the job. After all that work, let's hope they found time to head to the bar.
15. MeTooMomentum(opens in new tab)
This infographic from Valentina D'Efilippo focuses on the first six months of the #MeToo movement, analysing around 200,000 tweets from that time. You can read more about the project in our post.
16. The Art History Timeline(opens in new tab)
One of the best infographics showcasing a timeline, this design was created by Matthew Cobrin (opens in new tab) for an Art History class when he was an undergrad at The New England Institute of Art, Brookline, Massachusetts. We love its use of colour, bold lines, and fascinating subject matter.
17. Avengers, Assemble!(opens in new tab)
This infographic from Lemonly (opens in new tab) breaks down facts about the superheroes that feature in the classic Marvel's Avengers Assemble. You can find out about each character's strength, skills, brains, gadgets and heart via some cool pie charts. The results are then compiled to show the team's greatest collective strengths.
18. Inception(opens in new tab)
The best infographics keep things simple. And given how complex Christopher Nolan's 2010 blockbuster movie Inception was, a little bit of simplicity goes a long way here. This brilliant illustration was created by New York-based graphic designer Rick Slusher (opens in new tab). It summarises the film by depicting each character as a coloured line, and the layers of dreams as concentric circles.
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19. What NOT to Get a Graphic Designer for Christmas(opens in new tab)
It’s never too early start thinking about Christmas presents, and this tongue-in-cheek infographic focuses on exactly what to AVOID buying the designer in your life. Illustrated by Simon Middleweek (opens in new tab), this fun list brilliantly illustrates the pitfalls involved in shopping for a creative professional, from cliched hipster garb to cringeworthy T-shirts.
20. 30 Life Skills Every Functioning Adult Should Master(opens in new tab)
Do you consider yourself ‘grown up’ yet? If the answer’s yes, then maybe this infographic from Business Insider (opens in new tab) will make you think again. It runs through 30 of the most important traits every adult should have under their belt, from being able to mend your own clothes to speaking a second language. If like us, you haven’t mastered all of these yet, don’t let it stress you out, but use it as a handy motivational tool to improve your life.
21. The ABC of Design(opens in new tab)
The design industry is shaped by a glossary of terms that every professional needs to know. This ABC infographic from DesignMantic (opens in new tab) runs through 26 essential words and phrases and explains their meaning through stylish graphics.
22. 10 Commandments of UI Design(opens in new tab)
One of the best infographics we've seen covering UI design. Created by Designmantic (opens in new tab), it's broken down into colour-coded themes (create a story, ensure accessibility and so on), with simple icons to convey the key rules within each category.
23. A-Z of Typography Terms(opens in new tab)
Do you know your aperture from your apex? How about the difference between a finial and a flag? If not, then this typography terms infographic acts as a handy cheatsheet that will help you get up to speed. After more information? Take a look at our roundup of the best typography tutorials.
24. 40 Little Things to Break your Creative Block(opens in new tab)
Creative droughts are the stuff of nightmares for artists, designers, photographers, and just about anyone with an imagination. But how do you reignite your creative spark? Designed by the team at Creative Market (opens in new tab), this is one of the best infographics to inspire you at your time of need. And if these tips don't work, have a look at our list of ways to overcome a creative rut.
25. 15 Golden Principles of Visual Hierarchy(opens in new tab)
This infographic by Designmantic explains the key rules you need to know to create all-important visual hierarchy in your data, from using the golden ratio to implementing grid theory to bring balance to your work.
26. The 10 Commandments of Typography(opens in new tab)
This infographic from Evan Brown at DesignMantic type nerd's dream. If you've ever found yourself aimlessly scrolling through lists of the best free fonts, this cheatsheet will help you refocus your search by providing some key rules.
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