They used to say content is king. But what really makes up content? Gone are the days when “content” meant purely text. Today, if you want to engage and enchant your customers, your content must have some visual cues. The human brain processes visual information much quicker than text. And with web 2.0 visuals like infographics, you can convey complex, boring data in a meaningful manner. Although infographics make things simpler, it can be time-consuming to create them. Here is a list of my top 10 tools to create your own beautiful infographics and more visual content (no Photoshop required!).
Visme is dubbed as the Swiss knife of visual content. The web-based app is a one-stop-shop and allows anyone to create pro-looking infographics, interactive presentations, banners, charts and graphs. Visme offers 20 free and beautiful infographic templates – that’s more than any other tool out there.
Visual.ly is both an infographic creator and a community to share your infographics on the web. You can submit your own infographics and discover what’s trending, staff picks and favorite infographics from other users.
Piktochart provides you with 9 free infographic templates. To access others, you have to go pro. You can customize each template for fonts, icons, colors and more.
Infogr.am is an online tool to create interactive charts and graphs. It has 6 free templates you can choose from. You can create pie charts, bar graphs, line and matrix graphs by uploading information via an excel sheet.
Easel.ly has an easy-to-understand user interface and they offer some good tips as you begin a new canvas. Templates are called Vhemes or Visual Themes inside Easel.ly.
Creately is a cool tool that can be used to create beautiful diagrams and collaborate with your team. You don’t have to register to try it.
SIMILE widgets is an open-source project from MIT. You can use their open-source web widgets for free and create drag-and-drop timelines, maps and visualizations.
Visualize.me is a web-app to create online, interactive resumes that are cool and interesting. You can connect the app with your LinkedIn account so it can grab your details in one-click – fun and easy!
ChartsBin specializes in creating online charts and graphs. You can create visualized data with no coding knowledge and embed it on your own website, social media or blog.
With Dipity you can create your own interactive timelines and embed them in minutes. Dipity’s mission is to organize web’s content by date and time, and they seem pretty serious about it!
With Big Data upon us, data visualization is the need of the hour. Infographics, charts, graphs and widgets make it easy for your customers and readers to engage with you on your website and social media and bring you more traffic. If you want to have some cool visualizations up and running but don’t have the time to craft them in Photoshop or the budget to hire external help, pick one of the tools from above and run with it.
Don’t forget to let us know how you go in the comments!