- Posted by Donna Amos
- On July 1, 2016
Solopreneurs should create your own infographics giving you one more way to share your content. Information can be presented in many different ways. The challenge is presenting the data in a manner that allows you to capture the audience’s attention. If you are simply showing numbers and statistics on the page, it won’t take very long for members of the audience to get bored. Using an infographic is perhaps the best way to showcase large amounts of data in an interesting and engaging manner.
An infographic is a method of displaying information in a graphical manner. Even raw data can be shown this way. The biggest advantage of using infographics is that they allow you to condense large amounts of data and show them in a clear and quick manner. Several studies have shown that the use of graphical representation improves human cognition and makes it easy for the audience to recognize trends and patterns. Over the past few years, infographics have improved considerably. They are now used for mass communication, and numerous graphics have been introduced that allow readers and viewers to make fewer assumptions.
However, making an infographic is not as easy as you might think. Unless you are fluent in Photoshop and know a thing or two about graphical representations, you might have to use a separate program to make an infographic. There are plenty of different tools that you can use in order to represent data in a graphical way. Now, you need not worry! Choosing any one of the tools below will make it easy to create your own infographics.
Personal opinion Canva is the easiest tool available to create infographics and other professional looking images. Canva’s drag-and-drop feature and professional layouts allows even the novice to design consistently stunning graphics. The best part is Canva has many free options, even if you choose to purchase an image they are typically only $1. Included with your account is design school, with multiple tutorials that help explain design basics and how to use the tool.
Another pretty decent program that you can use for making infographics is Google Developers. Google is a household name in the industry. Google Charts is quite simple, pretty basic and, best of all, completely free to use. You can choose from a variety of different charts and options. Google Charts was created primarily for creating charts that can be used with websites, so if your image is data driven this is perfect. However, you can configure it in any number of ways, making it easy for you to connect the data in real time. Thus, whenever you alter the information on the website, the infographics will automatically display it.
Yet another free, web-based tool that you can use to create infographics is Easel.ly. There are a dozen free templates available in the program that are all pretty customizable, making it an excellent choice for most people. You can access a whole library that’s filled with different items, such as shapes, connector lines, and arrows. You can also spice up the infographic by selecting a wide range of different fonts, sizes, and text styles. Perhaps the best thing about Easel.ly is that it allows you to make changes at a single touch.
Few programs offer as much customizability as PiktoChart. This program allows you to turn a boring mix of data into a series of different infographics with a few clicks. It’s perhaps one of the best programs out there for people who don’t want to go too deep into customization and just want a good-looking infographic at hand. However, this doesn’t mean that you can’t customize your infographic. In fact, there are a bunch of different fonts and color schemes and a bunch of pre-loaded graphics, images and shapes available in the program that you can use. The program also allows you to enter graphical elements of your own and resize the images proportionally. There’s a free version available, or you can choose a pro account that costs $29 every month.
One of the best tools in the market right now is Infogr.am. The program offers an extensive array of maps, charts and graphs that you can use while creating the infographic. It also allows you to add pictures and videos in order to create an engaging infographic. The data can be spread out like an Excel sheet, and changes in the sheet will allow you to manipulate the data automatically. Once you are satisfied with the infographic, you can publish it on the Infogram website, or you can embed it in your own website.
A great tool that you can use right now is Vizualize. Vizualize is for people who want to create an infographic resume (since those have become really popular). Vizualize is a random infographic generator. All you have to do is put in your personal accomplishments and information, and the program will create a beautiful infographic within a matter of seconds. Vizualize is available online and can easily be used by anybody who knows the basics of surfing the Web. Once all the information has been put in, all you have to do is click the button and your resume will be Vizualized!
InFoto Free isn’t exactly a tool that was designed exclusively for making infographics, but it can be used in a similar manner. If you like to take a lot of photos with your Android device, this is definitely worth checking out. It takes the EXIF data from your pictures and then creates stylish infographics, allowing you to glean some insightful information about your picture-taking habits. Obviously, this isn’t a program that would appeal to the mass populace. However, if you want to keep track of your picture-taking habits, it’s worth a shot. The app costs a mere 99 cents to buy.
If you want simplicity and ease of use while creating infographics, Venngage is your best option. The program contains a series of different themes, templates and backgrounds that
you can use in order to create an infographic. You can also upload a bunch of your own backgrounds and images to the program. The best part? You can even animate these pictures and themes to create a completely unique infographic!
Dipity promotes sharing and collaboration. Not only does it allow you to create unique infographics and then embed them on your website, but the program also includes a series of collaborative and sharing tools that you can take advantage of. It allows you to integrate a series of different images, text, links, social media content, locations and time stamps in order to create a completely different infographic. You can use the program for free. However, for people who want more customization and wish to use in-depth analytics, the program also has a paid version available.
Creately is a great tool for teams to collaborate with, but also works well for the solopreneur. They have over 1,000 ready made templates. 50+ types of diagrams with specialised features to help you draw faster and better. I find it helpful to diagram a clients marketing strategy to demonstrate how all of the pieces work together, however you can create nice infographics with the program. They offer an online and a desktop option.
These are a few of the top programs that you can use in order to create an infographic. Obviously, there are many other programs available as well. Not all these programs are free to use. Some programs only offer a free trial, and you will have to pay a fee if you want to keep using the program.
When selecting a program, it’s important for you to choose one that offers a wide range of options. You don’t want to use a program that limits your creativity and only allows you to use a series of different fonts and pictures. Many of the programs mentioned on this list follow a subscription-based model. Before you sign up for the long term, it’s important that you take a free trial and get an idea of the features available in the program. Using an infographic tool is an excellent idea for solopreneurs looking for options when creating content and want to include an engaging infographic. These programs allow you to showcase information in a unique and stylish manner.