Infographics have become extremely popular online tools to create a compelling visualization. Imagine the difference in conveying the beauty of Irises by telling someone about them vs showing them the Iris painting by Van Gogh. There is a world of difference in an image and how much information it can pass through to the viewer.
Infographics convey a message much more effectively than a stand alone written article or photo. It is easy to absorb the information and much more fun than reading through a written article and much more likely to be shared. Most people create infographics so that they will be shared with others and so that they can quickly condense a theme or idea into one image. Think of Powerpoint presentations and how effectively they convey information. A Powerpoint is basically a set of infographics to some extent.
Infographics are often very colorful and appealing to the eye, but don’t worry if you are not artistic. The great thing is that you don’t need to be artistic to make these work. Just enter in the information and a lot of the creative aspects are done for you with some options for tweaking inputs and displays. The top 10 online tools below will aid you in creating infographics to champion your cause.
Vizualize.me is a site that allows you to redo your resume to get rid of all the lengthy, boring text. It allows you to instead present yourself in a fun, pleasing, yet still professional way using visualization. This is a great tool to help land yourself a job.
Visual.ly allows you to create and customize all kinds of infographics. They also allow you to share your infographics with others and check out what other people have created. They have about 35,000 designers on their site. In addition to allowing you to create infographics, they also connect designers with commissioners and provide for an easy project management system for those working on or awaiting their designs.
Piktochart is a site that allows you to create different types of visualizations that can be added to websites, presentations, etc. They can be a great way to present data or get a message across. Piktochart has different themes, images, icons and charts. They are easy to use and allow you to drag and drop and scroll through various options. The basic version is free, but there is a fee for additional themes.
Hohli is a site that allows you to build charts and graphs to allow better visualization of your data. Having tables, numbers and percentages really does not have the same impact as actually seeing the data visually.
This site allows you to create a visually appealing personal website. You can put in your social media pages and based on your input it will create interactive infographics that represents who you are. It does not take a lot of time or effort and stays up to date with your social media pages.
Many Eyes has several different visualizations you can put together to help you better present your data. Just enter a data set and choose a visualization, then customize it to your liking and you are done! Some of their work is experimental to see what works best for presenting information.
Easel.ly is a site that has several different themes you can select from to present your ideas online. You can customize your theme and add in your own images. The “vhemes” as they call the visual themes are public and you can scroll through all the ones created by others.
Infogr.am allows you to create static and interactive infograms for free. They provide many different chart types and infographic options. They also allow you to manage and edit your data on their site. They are simple to use.
Wordle allows you to generate creative and captivating word clouds from your text. The word clouds emphasize words used more frequently in the text. You can customize your cloud and can use them however you would like.
Timeline JS allows you to create visually appealing interactive timelines. This site works in 40 different languages. It is compatible with Twitter, Flickr, Google Maps, YouTube, Vimeo, Vine, Dailymotion, Wikipedia, and SoundCloud, which allows you to pull things off of any of these sites for your timeline.