Best Infographics Ideas and Free Tools

Look at pretty much every blog, professional site and presentation these days, and you will notice that most of them have infographics, which are charts that display a visual image in order to supply data to the user.

They are highly functional and often work more effectively than graphs and charts alone. They are also more pleasing to the eye and can break down concepts for easier understanding.

But for every good one, there is a bad one that looks cluttered and doesn’t manage to get the point across. That is why people seek out both inspiration and tools to help them make the most out of this valuable resource.

Here are some of the best examples and tools to assist you in creating your own.

Inspiration

Online Piracy

Online Piracy

With new legislation being argued right now in the Senate to curb piracy, there is a lot of misunderstanding about the topic itself. This infographic was made to help show the most illegally downloaded movies, vs. the gross earnings of the most popular films.

It illustrates that popular movies are not affected in profit by illegal downloading. While there is a lot of information, it is easy to read and has a relevant format that you can follow.


Calorie Intake & Outtake

Calorie Intake & Outtake

There are plenty of charts out there about food intake for dieters to keep track of their calories. This one utilizes a unique and interesting circular chart as an infographic. It shows various junk food popular items to show what exercises best burn them. The color coding makes it easier to read, and there are several talking points expressed in the margins to better clarify the information.

How Coffee Affects the Global Economy

How Coffee Effects The Global Economy

Created by Mint.com, this infographic puts together information about the global economy as affected by coffee production and consumption by the five leading coffee drinking nations.

These countries are the United States, Germany, Japan, Italy and France. It is interesting to note that while billions are brought in every year worldwide, the countries that produce coffee are among the poorest in the world, and the consuming countries are some of the richest. All of that info is provided for easy reading through the visuals.

The Brutal Decline of Yahoo

The Brutal Decline of Yahoo

Yahoo was once the largest company on the web. When Google came around, it knocked Yahoo back hard and made it the scramble to make back some profits. Since the creation in 1994 – according to the infographic – Yahoo has fallen far and only managed to bring back a small bit of its former glory. The use of real photographs is one of the best parts about this one.

Traffic Related Deaths

Traffic Related Deaths

A heavy (and grisly) topic, this colorful infographic works by allowing the user to take a look into the traffic deaths every year all over the world. You see relevant facts, predictions, numbers by country, fatalities vs. injuries and more. Again, it is long and with a lot of information, but it’s broken up well and has a consistent design that keeps your attention.

Expendables Body Count

Expendables Body Count

Promoting a movie filled with the most notorious action heroes of the age isn’t hard. But it is nice to see it didn’t go for the weak approach, and instead remained creative. This infographic has a list of the kills and special moves of the entire cast of the action packed flick "The Expendables". In all, it tallies up the total number of fatalities at 1,593…impressive.

Tools

InstantShift Tutorial

InstantShift Tutorial

This tutorial by InstantShift is nice and complete, with information on what an infographic is, what it does and how to best create it. The tutorial provides a list of examples of some of the best inforgraphics on the web.

Digital Arts Tutorial

Digital Arts Tutorial

Less about how to make infographics themselves and more about the way to make them cool and dynamic, this is a great post for anyone who wants to spice up their own general knowledge and make something interesting.

7 1/2 Steps To Successful Infographics

7 1/2 Steps To Successful Infographics

Fun, easy to follow and very helpful, this post by MIX works to break everything down into seven (and a half) useful steps to creating a good and successful infographic. It is also inspiring in an off-the-wall kind of way.

Quick Tips

  • Remember that less is more. When you try to cram too much information, or use an overly complicated design, you shoot only yourself in the foot. Keep things nice and simple.
  • Get your facts straight. Make sure that everything you provide in your infographic is correct and complete. Research well before you make it so you know you have the most accurate data available.
  • Provide a date. Information changes. Be sure to give at least a year so the viewer knows when it was relevant, and that things might have changed.
  • Tell people who you are. Infographics are the backbone of social media information sharing. They are easy to link and show others. So provide a URL somewhere in the infographic so people know where it originated.
  • Use relevant images. You want it all to come together, and your greatest tool is your visual aid. Whether it is just the design or a series of comics, make sure your pictures are helpful and relevant.

Conclusion

You can find dozens of tutorials and examples out there that can inspire and inform you to make your own infographic. So start looking, and start making successful visual graphs today.

 
 
 
 
 

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