Going Visual: 10 Free Tools to Create Infographics That Pop
Internet users are drowning in words and are looking for alternative, visual ways to consume information. Â Pinterestâ€™s meteoric rise can attest to this trend. Â As a content producer, how can you engage readers without writing excessively long articles?
The answer you’re looking for is infographics. Infographics tools like Visual.ly, ChartsBin, or Wordle give users the power to present large amounts of data in an interactive format. Â You can still create valuable, informative content without having to write thousands of words. Â Your readers will love it, your content will be shared and linked to, and your website will be more than just a collection of words. Â As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words.
Accessing the largest data visualization showcase on the Internet will make it easy to view and share infographics. Visual.ly helps readers see the world of data in a different manner. Registered users can create a public profile and exhibit their infographics in the gallery. It takes no special design skills to create an infographic that can potentially be seen by publications and brands.
Readers can easily explore and analyze data through StatPlanet’s interactive maps or advanced visualizations. Developers can insert imported data to customize software for their needs. The software is easily adaptable to the needs of the user with interactive graphs and charts. Users can create four types of visualizations to analyze data.
Designers can download Inkscape, a free vector graphics editor that supports advanced scalable vector graphics features. It has easy to use edit nodes and path operations to design compositions with text or technical illustrations. The program uses an XML based format for its vector graphics so designers can add click-able URL links to their images.
Now you can create an interactive map online without needing to know coding. ChartsBin supplies users with all the tools to create visualizations for bar charts, line charts, or pie charts. They can take their maps and embed them into a website, blog, or exported as an image. The program supports most major map projections.
Users can design diagrams quickly with Creately’s one-click styling. The program has a web interface that thinks as you enter data and adds the data to your diagram. Teams are able to collaborate on the design with real-time collaboration, project management, inline commenting and one-click publishing.
WordleÂ uses a Google app engine to generate word clouds from text. Users can select their own fonts, layouts and color schemes. Creating a cloud is as easy as entering bunch of text or the URL of a blog or web page that has an Atom or RSS feed into a data field. The program will create an image suitable for brochures, business cards, or images to upload on web hosts and blog engines.
Many Eyes, an IBM research project, is designed to help users create visualizations of their data. It presents users with a collection of data sets and visualizations to view and discuss. Sharing data sets and visualizations, or seeding, is an important part of the project. Users can also organize their content around a theme then collect visualizations and data sets with the same theme to start discussions.
Google Public Data
Through Google Public Data, you can access a collection of public data and forecasts from various international sources, including academics, world banks, EOCD, and Eurostat. Information is viewed in either line graphs, bar graphs, cross sectional plots or maps. All graphs are interactive.
Creating an interactive graph dashboard or maps to present your data has never been easier. With Tableau, websites and blogs with embedded graphs attract the attention of readers faster. And the colorful data visualizations you create will bring life to your data. It is a necessity for online publishers.
Making presentations has never been easier with Gapminder desktop. Create presentations that explore the world with animating bubble charts. Access its collection of 400 indicators on global development to create presentations for meetings, classrooms so audience can access and analyze global data.
Using any of the tools above, you can present your data in ways that are interesting and compelling. Â Once youâ€™ve created your infographic, then donâ€™t forget to share it with the world! Â People love sharing infographics so submit it to infographic dirctories and to your social media channels and watch it gain traffic and links!
Marcela De Vivo
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