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The Cheat’s Guide to Creating Beautiful Infographics

04/04/2012

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Infographics have always been very shareable form of content, and they’ve enjoyed a fresh lease of life since Pinterest started to grow in popularity. Not only do most web-orientated people and brands have infographic boards on Pinterest (including us!), but they tend to attract a lot of shares on other social networks. They’re a great way to spread the word about your brand on any platform.

Before you get started, it’s worth reading this guide to creating successful infographics, which has plenty of tips and examples for presenting information effectively. Your best bet is to create an infographic on a topic related to your site that’s likely to interest your readers. Be careful about how you present your information as well; make sure it’s easy to read and not overwhelming.

How to design infographics quickly and easily

The process of creating an infographic can be a bit of a challenge, especially if you’re not great at design or simply don’t have the time to create stunning visuals. But there are plenty of cheap and free ways to create stunning infographics quickly and easily – we’ve put together a list of some of the best resources for finding data and creating your design.

Create.Visual.ly creates infographics for you based on your social media data. In a few clicks you can choose what information you want to include and your infographic is generated straight away. This free tool is definitely worth trying even if you decide not to use the end results for whatever reason.

Google’s public data directory is great for finding facts and figures without having to conduct your own research and work with complex stats. Perfect if you have an idea for an infographic but need a good source of numbers.

Hohli lets you build all kinds of charts quickly and easily, and they look great too! It’s an easy way to create attractive graphs for your infographic without having that ‘Made in Excel’ look.

Graphic River Infographics Elements – If you’re looking for beautiful design elements, Graphic River has a great choice of very cheap infographics sets that are definitely worth checking out.

There are also plenty of free vector elements to be found too, such as this set from Free Vectors Daily.

Mind mapping tools Creately and Cacoo are a great way to create flowcharts and other diagrams quickly and easily for your infographic. Both also allow for team collaboration.

IBM has an excellent collection of data and representation examples suitable for infographics.

Inkscape is also worth downloading if you haven’t got it already. It’s a comprehensive vector graphics editing tool well suited to designing infographics.

Simply Googling around will uncover plenty more sources of design elements, data and tools you can use to create successful infographics. Feel free to share your own (or others’!) by commenting below, and we’ll add them to our Pinterest board.

 

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  • G
      04 April 2012 at 10:30

    your links to the images are all set up for hhttp:// which is obviously wrong :)

    G  
  •   04 April 2012 at 10:54

    Just a typo to keep you on your toes ;)

    Thanks for the heads up, fixed it now!

    Jenni

    Jenni  
  • David
      18 April 2012 at 15:39

    I have a project producing Name Anatomies…Which are a different spin of the typical infographic.

    http://nameanatomy.co.uk/post/19263862628/a-history-of-the-name-isaac-a-bespoke-a3-artwork

    David  

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