How to Make an Infographic (Even When You’re Not a Designer)

How to Make an Infographic (Even When You’re Not a Designer)

Infographics are all the rage these days. Attractive and pinnable, they communicate a great deal of information in a quick, eye-catching way.

But what if you’re not a designer with great graphics skills? Are there still ways for you to work infographics into your content marketing plan?

The good news is yes. Just because you’re not a designer doesn’t mean infographics are out of the picture. Here’s why.

User-Friendly Paid Software or Service Options

The Internet is filled with easy-to-use, convenient photo-editing software that makes it possible to create infographics, even as an amateur. Designed to be user-friendly, these tools equip you to custom-create the infographics of your choice. Here are a few:

PiktoChart

PiktoChart

PiktoChart is a service that allows you to input data into your choice of templates and create a professional-looking graphic. While it is a paid service, PiktoChart offers a limited free service to give you a chance to test it out.

Visual.ly

Visualy

If you’re willing to invest at least $1000 in your infographic, Visual.ly is the paid service to try. Visual.ly works with brands to tell compelling stories via custom infographics as well as video, presentations, and more.

Creately

Creately gives you the ability to create custom diagrams. It has various pricing packages available, including a limited, free public package.

Conveniently Free Software Options

Don’t want to shell out a lot of money on your infographic? No problem. If you’re on a tight budget, there are still ways to design your own infographic. Beyond the paid options listed above, here are a few free ideas to consider:

Easel.ly

Simple and intuitive, Easl.ly gives you total access to features at no cost to you. It offers 15 professionally designed themes, various objects, and over 24 backgrounds. You’re also able to upload your own images to customize the infographic further.

Infogr.am

Infogram

With Infogr.am, you can display Excel data in a more sophisticated format. Take your pick of more than 30 chart types, ranging in style from bubble charts to treemaps.

Picmonkey

Picmonkey

If you’re willing to put in a little research and effort, Picmonkey can be a helpful infographic tool. Check out this blog post and this YouTube video instructing how to make an infographic with this free online photo-editing software!

General Design Principles

Finding the equipment to make an infographic is only half the battle. As every good designer would tell you, you also need to know what goes into quality design. Here are a few principles to remember:

1) Data Drives Design

Never design an infographic without knowing what data it will include. The design should cater to the type of info—whether that means pool illustrations for a “winter pool safety” infographic or one giant image for a “definitive steak” infographic. When you know what you want to showcase, you can brainstorm the best ways to do so.

2) Clarity, Clarity, Clarity

As with any communication tool, clarity is key. Focus on making your infographic easy to read and easy to understand.

3) White Space

White space frames your content and simplifies your layout, creating a simpler, more attractive design.

4) Showing (Not Telling)

Remember the point of an infographic is to communicate information through images, clip art, shapes, colors, etc. Remind yourself to use the design to communicate.

5) Creativity

There’s nothing wrong with a basic pie chart, but to stand out you’ll need to think outside the box. Looking at the data you’re presenting, what are some unusual ways you could showcase stats and facts? Consider the below examples of innovative infographic design:

Check out the way a Russian company has worked infographics into packaging:

Infographics into packaging

It’s easy to find inspiration over at Daily Infographic, as demonstrated in this posted image that showcases the many varieties of beer:

Beer infographic

Intrepid Design uses hourglasses, not line graphs, to show how much time was devoted to different tasks here:

Intrepid design

One more tip—though it’s not design related—that you ought to keep in mind is this: Check your facts. There’s nothing worse in the world of infographics than going through the work of designing an image, watching it spread, and then finding out your information is wrong—nothing except when someone else figures it out and posts about it for you. Even the prettiest infographic design can’t cover false facts, so do your homework.

Your Thoughts

Are your wheels turning with ideas for infographics for your brand? What will you create? And which tools will you use to build your image?

  • Tools are always helpful but inspiration is also needed. For infographic ideas my favorite is dailyinfographic.com. Google has also introduced some services like thinkwithGoogle where we can create infographics[but limited to marketing and research only].

  • pushusa

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  • Canva.com is another amazing choice. I fell in love with it a while ago. 🙂

  • @AmyVernon:disqus love Canva!

  • Meena Chopra

    I just loved it. You have a true style.

  • Shanna, great post. I’m just trying to learn how to make infographics and no NOTHING about how to do it. This might get me started. lol

  • Mats Forss

    I love canva.com too. So easy to use and people behind it are full of passion!

    If you want to stand out from the crowd and know how to use Adobe Illustrator then I would suggest to use some premade templates. It’s fast, cheap and effective way to make an infographic.

    I have made a few templates that anyone can get for a decent price.

    I hope you don’t mind putting up links to those resources. I believe they will have a high value for some of the readers.

    https://creativemarket.com/frogasofa/50690-45%21-Infographic-Elements-Bundle
    http://desigggner.com

    Cheers,
    Mats

  • Fernando Iturri

    Thanks for this very instructive post!

    I am leaving this link about a company that makes really interestinf infographics:

    https://ernestoolivares.com/infographics/

    Hope you like it guys!

  • andrewmcgill

    Info graphic become the common and easiest way to describe a complicated as well as easiest thing in a simple manner. Info graphic is an image form with a combination of several images, diagrams, letters, alpha bate and symbols etc. Info graphic is always informative and plays a vital role in IT sector. We can represent everything by info graphics. Thanks to a brief idea about info graphics. Know how to make a better info graphic is essential these days.