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7 Tools Used to Create an Infographic in Less than 1 Hour

Izunna Okpala

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Many infographics are languishing in the dark corners of the web. Ignored. Lonely.
What can you do to avoid that fate? How can you ensure your infographic generates shares, links, and traffic?

1. Canva

  • Price: Free
  • Paid options: Canva allows you to purchase some elements like icons and photos. Canva for Work, their new business plan, starts at $9.95/month
  • Ease of Use: Easy
  • Time: 30 minutes

Canva is a powerful online image tool (and infographic maker) that allows you to create a variety of designs even if you do not have any design knowledge.

Canva provides many different templates for you to pick from including Twitter posts, Facebook posts, Tumblr banners and many more—including infographics.

Since we are looking to make an infographic, let’s take a look at the features Canva offers for you. You can pick from a variety of of templates (the templates themselves are free, and some include elements like icons and pictures that you can purchase or replace with your own elements).

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

2. Venngage

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

Similar to Canva, Venngage offers you a few different options to pick from in terms of what it is you want to create. You will find templates for things like reports, posters, promotions and of course, infographics.

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

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

Once you find a template you like, it’s time to customize! Venngage allows you to insert what they call “Widgets,” which can include things like maps and charts based on the specific info and data you have for your infographic.

3. Piktochart

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

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

You can then either create your own infographic from scratch or select one of their templates (some are free and others require you to either have a Lite or Pro plan).

Once you have selected your template, you can simply drag and drop to add any graphic elements and 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

easel.ly makes it really easy for you to create infographics. When you arrive on their main page, all you need to do is either pick one of the many templates they offer or “Start Fresh.” They also offer a way for you to search their template library by category.

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 will be able to customize your infographic however you want. easel.ly 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 a  new service that is still in beta according to their website. It allows you to create presentations, animations, mock-ups, banners and of course infographics.

Once you login with your account, you will be greeted with a visual of all your projects (the space will be empty if you haven’t created any projects yet). 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. We of course would be the “Infographic” tab. You will notice that some of the templates are free to use and others require a premium account.

You will then be able to customize your infographic however you like with a variety of tools. Visme even allows you to animate objects, although I personally haven’t really 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

infogr.am offers simpler infographic templates for you to use. Here are some of the templates they offer:

Once you have picked the template, you can edit the elements on the page. infogr.am is a good option when dealing with statistics. I personally found it a bit harder to use than some of the other options mentioned on this list.

7. Visualize.me

Price: Free

Visualize.me is a different type of infographic, they help you create an “infographic resume.” Once you login, you can start creating your resume. You can even connect to LinkedIn to populate some of the information automatically.

On the left you will be able to input your information as well as pick the theme for your infographic resume.

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Creativity in the world of infographics

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Creativity has led to everything from world-changing inventions to renowned artistic masterpieces; this infographic from The BOSS Group covers the evolution of creativity, one of the most important traits an individual can possess, from the prehistoric era all the way to the recent domination by Macintosh.

The infographic includes fun illustrations that help visualize its movement through time. A cave man is shown sitting by a wall, drawing crude representations of animals. This is followed by a drawing of an Egyptian pharaoh, then an ancient Greek statue. As time moves forward, it’s clear that art became less formal, and more funky. For instance, the 1980s portion of the infographic talks about street art and graffiti. To represent this, a vibrant blue, green and pink wall mural rests above the text — a big change from the upright marble statues of Ancient Greece.

The ‘Evolution of Creative’ infographic makes it easy to see the impact creativity has had on world culture for thousands of years. It could be argued that creativity is what makes us human by allowing us to be innovative, artistic and unique

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