Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Online resources for making infographics

Infographics are great. We love them here on Mission Imblogable. A good piece of data visualisation will grab the eye and the imagination. We've certainly posted our fair share of them, we loved this one on colour palettes and of course we can't miss the chance to remind you of our London at the Oscars effort. But how do you go about making one? Taking your research from words to images? These days there are plenty of ways to help yourself make your information into something beautiful.

Infographic resources
One way to make an infographic!

In this guest post from Manilyn Moreno of Better Cater, Manilyn gives us a guide to ways you create your own infographic. Over to you:

If you are fond of making and sharing infographics, you can actually take advantage of the dozens of free online resources that you can check out online. They’re not just convenient to use, they are also user-friendly and boast of state-of-the-art features, which make it more exciting to create unique infographics to wow your readers. What are these online resources? Read on and find out:

1.    Chart Gizmo

Chart Gizmo is available for free and it also comes in premium versions. For the free account, this popular infographic source allows you to make charts, which you can display on your website, blog and social media accounts. Chart Gizmo is hailed for its practicality, especially for those who want to explicate financial, scientific or mathematical information. You can then import or export the data to and from Excel and other platforms.

2.    Creately

Creately focuses on establishing comfort and convenience by collaborating everything that’s visual. Among the most popular features include click styling, shapes, curvy connectors, smooth real-time collaboration, project management, inline commenting, one click publishing, and team management, among others. The site also boasts of clean and user-friendly interfaces that infographic experts can’t help but fall in love with.

3.    Kuler

Kuler is one of the leading online resources for making infographics because it lets you check the existing palettes. You can even look up on them by searching the key terms. You can customize the choices or upload your own images, too! Kuler can also be used with Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign, which means, you can search and download swatches without the need to navigate away from your project.

4.    Pictaculous

Pictaculous offers users with a wide array of palettes based on whatever image that users upload. So, if you have a picture that you want to serve as your work’s focal point, Pictaculous will auto-suggest five color palettes that do match the image, while at the same time highlighting the main color in your image.

5.    Piktochart

Piktochart is famous because of its half-dozen likeable, free themes, as well as dozens of paid versions, allowing you to design simple but excellent infographics. It’s very user-friendly, too, because you can drag and drop shapes and images. It’s also customizable, so you won’t have any trouble working with this. Lines, bars, and charts can also be made and users are allowed to export PNG and JPG files, in print or web quality.

6.    Easel.ly

Easel.ly is one of the most popular free, online tools for infographic-making. While creating graphs is not available using this tool, the good catch is making conceptual visualizations and you can really tell great stories using this online resource. Its user interface is excellent, while the easy-to-navigate themes are just gorgeous, designed to address various purposes, including map, flow-chart, and comparison/relationship making.
Easel.ly also boasts of offering some of the top quality selections of exquisitely-designed icons, images and objects, as well as, backgrounds, which are all yours to use! However, for free-version users, you cannot upload your own images, but you can download a web-quality version as JPG.

7.    ChartGo

ChartGo makes it very fast and easy to design and create graphs. So, if you are having trouble before when doing graphs and charts, then, try ChartGo all your worries will go away. All you have to do is pick the settings that you find most convenient, paste your data on the Chart Data Area, press create button and there you have your presentation ready! For more specific chart settings, go to the menu section.

So what are you waiting for? Get out there and create beauty! Let us know how you get on.

Image credit: m_bartosch at www.freedigitalphotos.net


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