“What information consumes is rather obvious: it consumes the attention of its recipients. Hence a wealth of information creates a poverty of attention, and a need to allocate that attention efficiently among the overabundance of information sources that might consume it.” – Herbert Simon
Like Herbert Simon says in the quote above, there is an infinite supply of information, but only a limited supply of attention. This means that people can only focus and absorb a small amount of information, making it incredibly tricky to make sure that the information you are publishing will reach an audience.
People are, however, thirsty for information. We crave it and actively seek it out, and traditional sources of information (television and newspapers) are loosing ground fast. Many of us get informed online about the subjects that matter to us and, unlike Jackie Kennedy who wanted “minimum of information presented with maximum politeness”, we want maximum information, and since time is as limited a resource as attention, we want it concise and quick.
The internet caters in no small way to this need of ours, meaning that if you want people to pay attention to you, you are going to need a little bit more than just publishing the most interesting, or even vital information, sad as that may be.
To catch the viewer’s attention, you need to make your posts catching and inviting. Sometimes people just do not have the patience to go through a long, wordy article, especially if they are not familiarized with the topic. This means you need to keep your presentation short and easy to understand, and since a picture is worth a thousand words, there is no better way to do this than by applying infographics.
Infographics take complicated concepts, and boil them down to their essentials, leaving numbers and visuals to do the talking. They do away with unnecessary back-stories and analogies, letting the viewer choose weather or not the thing he just got informed about warrants further looking in to.
Your average chart tools in traditional Office suites will only take you so far. Infographics should be pretty to look as well. They need to be flashy and eye-catching, and go well with the site you are posting on. That is why we have prepared a list of 15 tools to help you create infographics, so that you won’t have to hunt them down all by yourself. Check them out, and see which one suits your needs best.
This is a free to use, web-based tool that has both infographics and charts. Since this is an article about infographics, we will start by telling you that you can choose between six different themes, all of which look really good, and they cover enough pallets so that you should not have any problems finding the one that works best with your site. They are also really easy to use, and you can add tones of things to them, like charts, maps, pictures, or even video.
We’ve mentioned charts, so we’ll just quickly mention that you have a wide variety of them to choose from, ranging from bars and columns, to wordclouds and treemaps.
Piktochart is a tool that lets you create highly customizable infographics. Although a bit less user-friendly than the previous entry, once you sign in you get plenty of tutorials and FAQs to help get accustomed to it.
Once you get the hand of it, you can create truly unique infographics using multiple visualizations, including themes, vectors, icons, images and chart exporter. The end result will be something that will definitely get people’s attention.
Still in it’s beta stages, this web-tool works with vhemes (visual themes) and lets you drag and drop said themes onto your canvas, and make your data into an infographic. It is fun and really easy to use, the interface being very intuitive, and it makes the whole process of making an infographic rather enjoyable.
Not everything in this world is free, so our next entry on this list is a paid one. You can use it for creating mobile-friendly, interactive infographics, and data-driven stories.
Interactivity is what made the internet the go-to source for information, so having an infographic that the user actually interacts with will surely make him take time to explore your post, and since it’s mobile-friendly, you can do this and not loose people that are browsing via mobile devices.
5. Many Eyes
Yet another program that is still in it’s beta stages, but it had to go on this list because of how extremely easy it is to use. No sign-up is required to use it. You just click the “Get Started” button, and in three easy steps you have yourself and infographic.
You can either upload a pre-existing spreadsheet, copy-paste a text, or use data available on the website itself (that’s if you just want to play around with it first), after that you select the type of infograph you want created, and the app does the rest. Since it’s free, it’s a safe bet you’ll keep coming back to it when you need to make an infograph on the run.
The number of themes, charts, templates and icons you can use with Venngage is absolutely staggering. Hundreds of charts, and tens of themes and templates, all at the pus of a button.
It’s a very versatile web tool, seeing as you can customize the theme to suit your needs, and use your own images and backgrounds, and the best part is that it’s free to use, as long as you don’t mind your infographic being branded. If you want to publish it without the Venngage logo, you can opt for the premium plan of 19$ a month.
Creately is strictly for diagrams, but it does them real well. You can choose from over 40 types of diagram, and each diagram comes with hundreds of themes, so you can be sure that the diagram you’re making is going to be, indeed, unique.
You can also use it’s collaborate feature and keep track of the changes made to the diagram throughout it’s making. It’s free to use for up to five public diagrams, and for 5$ a month you can use it all you like.
If you’re looking to make infographics for a flat design UI, than this is the tool you need. It’s about as easy to use as Many Eyes, which you’ve seen a bit earlier on our list, and it’s great for distributing both small and large data.
9. Android Photo Infographic Generator
This next entry is maybe not quite as useful as the others, but “all work and no play makes Johnny a dull boy”, as the saying goes. If you’ve ever wondered what your photographic habits are, then this app will answer you question, no sweat.
It analyzes the photos you’ve taken, looking for time of day, day, month, place and other such data, and transforms all that information into a cool little infographic.
If there’s one thing you really want people to pay attention to, that would be your resume. It’s really hard to make a resume stand out, since they are all, essentially, the same. Just put yourself into an HR agent’s shoes. You read so many resumes every single day, that none of them really stand out anymore.
One way you can make sure yours is a cut above the rest is making it visually impacting. Vizualize.me is a frankly extraordinary app that connects to your LinkedIn profile, and creates a lovely infographic starting from the information it gets from the profile.
You can choose from five themes, that you can them customize and change the color of certain elements and what information is displayed, making sure that your profile will stand out in the crowd, and get you the attention you so rightfully deserve.
That raps up our list of ten infographic tools. Hopefully they will help you out in making great infographics that get you, or your posts noticed. We’d love to see the cool things you’ll be making in these apps, so please don’t be shy, and share them with us in the comment section below.