When we surf the internet we are usually on the move. We like to be able to gather information quickly and get to the point. Don’t get me wrong, there is a time and a place for explanation, extensive information, research, and multiple-paragraph writing. But a tweet is only 140 characters long, which is the general attention span of many casual readers.
So how do you compile information into an attractive format, especially when you have more than two sentences of information that you want to share?
Infographics are a great way to share information in an attractive and expressive way. Not only are infographics nice to look at, but they are organized, to the point, and most importantly they are sharable!
There are a lot of amazing infographics out there, but most people think you need a graphic designer to create a cool way to share information and statistics. The reality is you can create their own custom infographics! I recently discovered how easy creating my own infographic is and so I thought I would share this discovery!
Great tools to create custom infographics:
There are a few infographic tools that are very reputable and are either inexpensive or free!
Piktochart.com – An infographic creation tool which allows you to take boring data and create an engaging infographics with relative ease. Piktochart’s is quite customizable. The built in editor lets you do things like modify color schemes and fonts, insert pre-loaded graphics and upload basic shapes and images. There’s a free version offering three basic themes, while a pro account costs $29 per month or $169 for a year.
Easel.ly – This is a free web based infographic builder that offers a dozen free templates to build from. You then have access to a variety of symbols, arrows, shapes, lines, and custom fonts. You have the ability to change the theme and color of the whole infographic and easel.ly makes it very easy to upload and share you infographic.
Infogr.am – Similar to the other infographic tools, infogr.am is a free tool that gives you acess to shapes, arrows, charts, and maps while allowing you to upload your own images into the graphic.
The data that is in the infographic is in a data sheet that is very similar to xcel which makes it very easy to edit. The instantly updating graphic changes whenever you change your data. Once you’re finished with your input, not only can you share your infographic via social media sites and/publishing to your sites, you can upload your infographic onto the infogr.am website for anyone to use.
There are also a variety of ways to create a personal infographic based on information about you! There is getabout.me which is a social media infographic generator that you simply connect to facebook and twitter. It then generates an infographic based on your social network information.
Creating an infographic resume:
If you are looking for something that is a more professional, check out vizualize.me. This free infographic generator links to your linkedin page and puts the information in an attractive format. You will probably have to adjust some of the details before you publish your vizualize.me but it is fairly customizable, without being overly burdensome in the design.