I have wanted to know for some time how folks create those great looking infographics that you see on websites and in EBooks. I love it when I pull up a blog post that has included an infographic that helps explain the topic they are writing about.
But to tell you the truth, I hadn’t even looked into it because it seemed like it would be a pretty difficult process. Recently I decided to take the plunge and figure it out.
What I found is that just like almost everything else, there are tools available (many of them free) to create these graphics and charts. These visual aids will make your blog post or EBook look like a million bucks, and they will make you look really awesome in the process.
For me to use these tools they have to be easy. I don’t have a lot of time (or patience) to spend “playing” with them to figure out the process. So when I found some resources that even I can use pretty easily, that was pretty exciting.
Where Do I Begin?
I did some research, and I have some sites here for you to check out:
I loved this site because they had a video to show just how easy it is to create your own Infographics using their drag and drop format. You can choose from previously created themes or “vhemes” which are visual themes that you can easily customize. This web based app allows you to change and customize any part of the “vheme”. All you do is drag, edit and share. Even a non techie like me can do this. And the cost; FREE! You can check out the quick Infographic I created at the bottom of the page using one of their templates. I didn’t spend much time on this, so it is pretty simple.
The second site you can take a look at is Infogr.am. There are a number of chart types and it is free too. I went ahead and created a free account to check it out, but I didn’t find it quite as easy to navigate as Easel.ly.
Pictochart has a really nice selection of over 90 themes you can use. They currently have several hundred thousand users, and seem to be one of the bigger players in this market. They offer a free trial, but after that the cost is $29 a month. This is a great site for those folks that need to make Infographics on a regular basis, but for most of us that just want an occasional chart or Infographic there is probably no need to pay for this service. It is never the less an awesome site.
There is one more I wanted to point out that is just for resume’s called Visualize me. You can quickly create an online resume format that looks really nice with just a few clicks. It will also help you to optimize your LinkedIn Profile when you post this Visual Resume.
Take the Plunge; Go Make an Infographic
It’s pretty easy to get started with any one of these services. All you do is register and start creating. Send me your “creation” when you’re done so I can take a look.
Here's one that I made in just a few minutes.
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