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.
Here, we've selected our top tools and apps for making infographics – we'll start with a load of free infographic makers, then include some paid options at the end if you want to explore something with more control. Some of the options here are even suitable for non-designers, as templates and other features make them easy to use.
- Price: Free (basic); $4.95/mo or $2.91/mo billed yearly (BeFunky Plus)
As well as a photo editor and collage maker, BeFunky includes an infographic maker. Select a template, customise your theme with images and icons, and personalise the infographic by adjusting the text, colours and layout, then simply save and export. Easy peasy.
- Price: Free (Basic); $12/mo (Standard); $20/mo (Complete)
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 are options to include video and audio (including the ability to record a voiceover directly in the editor, which is handy). You can also animate your content to make things clearer.
- Price: Free (Starter); $10/mo (Pro)
Snappa is a graphic design tool that includes a free infographic maker. This one is aimed at non-designers. You won't have the kind of control on offer with some of the other tools on this list, but it does promise you will be able to 'whip up' an infographic in 10 minutes or so. Snappa offers preset templates that are optimised for social sharing on the web. There's a simple drag-and-drop interface, and access to thousands of hi-res, royalty free stock photos.
The free plan gives you five downloads per month and two social accounts, or you can upgrade for features such as unlimited downloads, custom font uploads and Buffer integration.
- Price: Free; from $9.95/mo (Canva for Work)
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 $1. You can either use it in the browser or download the Canva iPad app to design on the move – which is now also available for Android phones/tablets.
05. Google Charts
- Price: Free
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.
- Price: Free (Basic); from $12.50/mo (Lite)
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 $12.50 or $15 per month (billed annually or monthly) or a Pro account that costs $24.17/$29 per month. There's also a Pro team option for up to 25 users – the price varies depending on the size of the team.
- Price: Free (Basic); from $19/mo (Pro)
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 tool, 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.
- Price: Free (Students); from $19/mo (Pro)
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.
- Price: Free (basic); from $12/mo (Personal)
Here's something a little different. If you're bored of static infographics, why not liven them up a bit with some motion? Animaker is a tool dedicated to the creation of video infographics, and the company says its service is exactly 10 times better than other online animation video editing software.
It offers plenty of resources, including charts, icons and maps, to help you make your data much more interesting and easy to digest. You can create up to five two-minute SD videos a month for free, or upgrade for more, longer, and higher quality video infographics.
- Price: Free
It was only a matter of time before an infographic resume generator turned up. With this tool, you can visualise your creative resume 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 resumes aren't right for every situation, for certain cases, they can be a great option.
- Price: Free (basic); $3/mo (Pro)
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.
- Price: From $39/mo
Adioma offers users a range of generative templates: you pick a basic template (such as timeline, grid, or cycle), then the infographics build themselves around the text you supply, and adjust as you add or remove information. That means you don't have to spend time adjusting and realigning your infographic. There's also a template switching feature that enables you to compare how the same data would look in different formats.
This infographic building tool includes a range of templates, large library of icons, and colour palettes, and you can also upload your own images and icons to work with. There are three price plans to choose from – more expensive options include an expanded resource library, improved download options and the ability to upload more of your own content.
- Price: From $5.99/mo
PicMonkey is an online image editor with a section dedicated to designing infographics. Choose from the selection of templates, and customise the content with PicMonkey's library or by uploading your own images. There's also a selection of tutorials to help you out, focusing on things like how to design an infographic tailored to sharing on social media, and how to use grid theory to create a polished design. Watch out, though – it relies on Flash, so you might have problems if you keep your browsers up-to-date.