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Five great DIY infographic tools

25-Feb-2014

If you’re looking for a way to inject a bit of colour or spruce up a text-heavy blog posts, infographics are a simple way to introduce variety. Whole design agencies have grown on the success of the infographic, but there are many freely accessible tools online to help you build your own. Here are five of the best with very different characteristics:

Simple

If you have limited design skills and need a simply infographic without any fuss, Piktochart is a great place to start. It has a number of pre-loaded graphics you can combine to build your graphic and perhaps best of all, the content you include is optimised for search engines so your graphic will be visible to an even greater audience.

Interactive

Bored with static images? Looking for something to catch your customer’s eye? Google Charts allows you to create completely customisable charts that have an interactive element. You can connect your graphic to real-time updates so your graphic adapts constantly. It can take some time to get used to, but if you have the time to invest and want to catch a customer’s eye, Google Charts is one to investigate.

Word clouds

If flashy graphics aren’t your style and you want a simple word cloud, Wordle is a quick and colourful tool to create in an instant. Simply type the text you wish to include, add a dash of colour and your word cloud is ready to add to any blog or Twitter post.

Mobile-friendly

If you want a tool that’s easy to use, InfoActive is worth considering. Still in its beta phase, the tool boasts that no tutorial is required to get to grips with it. Graphics can be as simple or as complex as you choose, and all content is optimised for mobile access.

Video

If you thought interactive charts were slick, Infogr.am is soon to introduce video to its infographic creation tools. Due to launch in 2014, users will be able to input pictures, text and data and choose how to animate them.