7 great infographics platforms for the design-challenged

Maybe finger painting in kindergarten was the highlight of your artistic career. Not to worry. These platforms can help you translate hard data into engaging visuals.

Communication is increasingly visual, and infographics have become an essential element for marketers, PR practitioners and other professional communicators.

Here are seven terrific tools for creating these data-driven visuals:

1. Canva

  • Price: Free
  • Paid options: Canva enables you to buy elements such as icons and photos. Canva for Work, its new business plan, starts at $9.95/month
  • Ease of use: Easy
  • Time: 30 minutes

Canva helps you create a variety of infographic designs even if you do not have any design knowledge.

It provides many templates, including Twitter posts, Facebook posts, Tumblr banners and infographics.

Because we want to make an infographic, let’s look at the features Canva offers. You can choose from a variety of templates. (The templates themselves are free; some offer icons and pictures that you can buy or replace with your own elements.)

Here are some sample templates that Canva offers (all completely customizable):

Once you select your template—you can also opt for a blank canvas—Canva offers a variety of options, including a vast library of elements (some free and some you can buy). You can also upload your own and add them to your image.

Et voilà, you have your very own infographic.

2. Venngage

  • Price: Free
  • Paid options: Upgrade for $15/month
  • Ease of use: Easy
  • Time: 30 minutes

Venngage offers templates for reports, posters, promotions and, of course, infographics.

Within the infographic section, you will also find additional options to pick from that deal with particular topics and categories of infographics, such as:

  • Statistical
  • Informational
  • Process
  • Comparison
  • Timeline
  • Geographic
  • Charts
  • Tutorial

Below you will find a variety of templates to pick from (some free and some requiring a premium plan):

Once you find a template you like, it’s time to customize. Venngage enables you to insert what they call “Widgets,” which can include maps and charts based on the information/data you have.

3. Piktochart

  • Price: Free
  • Paid options: Plans starting at $15/month
  • Ease of use: Easy
  • Time: 30 minutes

Piktochart is another good option. You can pick from a few formats, including a traditional size (tall and skinny), presentation size (for slide decks), poster and report.

You can then create your own infographic from scratch or select a template. Some are free; others require you to have either a Lite or Pro plan. Here’s a sampling of Piktochart templates:

Once you have selected your template, you can drag and drop graphic elements and/or text to your canvas. You can also upload your own images.

4. easel.ly

Price: Free or Pro Account starting at $3/month Ease of use: Easy Time: 30 minutes

When you arrive on the easel.ly main page, just pick one of the many templates offered, or “Start Fresh.” They also offer a way for you to search its template library by category. Here’s a sampling of easel.ly templates:

Once you have found a template you like (or even when you start from scratch), you will be directed to a new window, where you can customize your infographic. The platform provides a variety of tools such as backgrounds, shapes, text, charts and more.

5. Visme

Price: Free or Upgrade starting at $7/month Ease of use: Easy Time: 30 minutes

Visme is still in beta, according to its website. It enables you to create presentations, animations, mockups, banners and infographics.

Once you log in with your account, you will get a visual of all the projects you’ve created. You can click on “Create New Visme” to get started.

Then it’s time to pick the type of project you would like to create. Go to the “Infographic” tab. You will notice that some templates are free and others require a premium account. Here’s a sample of some Visme templates:

You will then be able to customize your infographic. Visme enables you to animate objects, although I haven’t played around with that feature.

Other Infographic Maker Tools

6. infogr.am

Price: Free or Upgrade available starting at $15/month Ease of use: Intermediate Time: 45 minutes

This platform offers simpler infographic templates. Here are some that infogr.am offers:

Once you have chosen your template, you can edit the elements on the page. Though infogr.am is great for dealing with statistics, I found it harder to use than other options on this list.

7. Visualize.me

Price: Free

Visualize.me helps you create a different type of infographic, an “infographic resume.” You can even connect to LinkedIn to import information automatically.

On the left you can add information and pick the theme for your infographic resume.

Here is an example of a template and some basic information I filled out:

Sandrine Sahakians is multimedia producer at Buffer. A version of this article originally appeared on the Buffer blog. (Image via)


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