We’ve all seen our fair share of infographics popping up all over our social media feeds and in our favorite blogs. They’re eye-catching, give you a quick synopsis of the information you want and are easy to share. And you may wonder how people create these fun graphics and how you can jump on board!
I recently ran across an article that showcased three free infographic tools that are simple to use. Did I mention they’re FREE? Take a look at this quick round up and each tools features.
This free tool has six layouts to help you get started. You can insert your data into each of Infogr.am's pre-set boxes, or you can delete or add boxes. Choose from more than a dozen graphic options, add text boxes, photos, maps or even video. Finished infographics can be instantly shared though social media or use the embed code to place it on your own website.
Piktochart starts with only three free themes but don't let that discourage you. Its customizable editor allows you to change color schemes, fonts, add basic shapes, pre-loaded graphics and your own, uploaded images. The template has grid lines to help you line items up evenly and resize images on the fly. For more customization options and 100 templates, you can upgrade to Piktochart Pro for $29 per month.
With Easel.ly you start with one of a dozen free templates or begin with a blank canvas. You can remove any object on a template and replace it with modern graphics from 10 categories including people, transportation, animals and icons. There are also common shapes, connector lines and arrows.
Upload your own graphics, clone and position graphics with a single touch, use the grid for a perfect layout and change the color of any item on the page. Customize the text with a collection of fonts, text styles, sizes and colors. The finished infographic can be downloaded or shared with a link or embed code.
I thought I’d be fun to try one out and see how user friendly these really are. In a matter of just ten minutes I...
- Created an Infogra.am account
- Gathered a few stats from our client Janie Bress who we blog for on a weekly basis
- Picked a template
- Figured out the basic features of creating the graph
- Finalized the information and look
- ... and here it is!
Now doesn’t that just look better than typing out the same stats in a Tweet or a Facebook update? And it really was easy!
In our visual culture, I’d encourage you to take a few minutes to think about how you can incorporate infographics into your online presence! Whether you use it them for social media, on your blog, or on your website; you’ll find them to be a powerful tool and others will find worth sharing!
Added perk? They also make great calls to action!
If you have questions about infographics, would like help with getting started, or are interested in customized graphics that we can create for you; please contact us!
We’d also love to hear your thoughts! Have you use infographics? Have you found them to helpful? Why or why not?
Thanks for your feedback!
Blogging & Copywriting Specialist