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An infographic is a visual way of presenting information. Whether you’re explaining a complex concept or conveying data, using an Infographic is more engaging than using plain old text.

The infographic formula has been perfected over the years. You do your research, collect your data or points, and lay it out in logical sections. You then use data visualizations to convey the important information along with some supportive text.

But how do you go from researching and drawing to a finished infographic if you have no design skills to speak of? Thankfully, there are a host of free tools available online, and this article lists the best free tools for making infographics.

1. Canva

Canva Infographic Maker

Canva is the preferred design tool for non-designers. You’ll find an easy to use interface, an extensive collection of free assets like photos and icons, and easy export options. And most of the features in Canva are available to use for free.

It’s a similar story with the Canva Infographic Maker. Similar to the presentation maker, you start with a template. You can then change any text, delete any image, or move any icon to suit your needs. Feel free to add your own images like logos and assets.

To create logos, you can rely on Canva itself, or you can go with free online logo generators. Canva has more than two million assets you can pick from (most of the images are either free or cost $1 for a single use license).

The simplicity of the app is also its limitation. If you find a template that’s a perfect fit (and the chances are that you will), it will be smooth sailing. Edit the text, move things around and call it a day. If you don’t, creating an infographic from scratch is a long and painstaking process. But if that proves to be the case, you should look at the alternative options below.

2. Visme

Visme Infographic Tool

If a simple template doesn’t meet your needs, try using Visme. It’s a versatile infographic creation tool built on a block system. After logging in, you can browse through the collection of templates and see if anything strikes your fancy.

But the best way to approach Visme is to create your own infographic from scratch using blocks. The chances of finding the perfect infographic template are much lower than finding an infographic block.

After you’ve created a blank template, head over to the Suggested Content section to browse through blocks for headers, stats, figures, graphics, diagrams, and more. When you see something that appeals to you, just click on it to add it to the block. Then you can resize and edit it.

You can also import elements created from other apps and websites. For example, you can use one of the best free online flowchart makers The 7 Best Free Online Flowchart Makers The 7 Best Free Online Flowchart Makers Need the ability to create flowcharts anywhere at any time without spending much, if any, money? Here are the best online flowchart tools that are free or reasonably priced. Read More to create a flowchart and then import it into Visme.

If you don’t want to create an entire infographic from scratch, that’s OK too. Every template in Visme is built on the same blocks framework. So it is easy to delete and edit parts of the infographic by changing the blocks. This is a much easier thing to do than editing a full template in something like Canva.

For example, in Canva, you can only change the background of the entire infographic. But in Visme, every block (or section) of the infographic can have its own individual background, be it a photo or a solid color.

Visme’s free plan gives you access to five projects, but there are limited templates and you can only download your infographic as a JPG file. To download it as a PDF and to get access to premium templates, you’ll have to sign up for the standard plan at $14/month.

3. Piktochart

Piktochart infographic maker

In terms of performance, Piktochart stands somewhere between Canva and Visme. Its editor is more versatile and has a lot more features. While it does have a block system, it doesn’t have a block-based template gallery. They are only useful as section dividers and for making it easy to change backgrounds of particular sections.

However, Piktochart shines when it comes to design and aesthetics. You can make cool infographics with Piktochart templates You Too Can Make Cool Infographics With Piktochart Templates You Too Can Make Cool Infographics With Piktochart Templates Infographics are great for making data understandable, but they can be time-consuming to create. Piktochart is an intuitive online infographic creator anyone can use. Read More . Both its templates and the interface are more polished than Visme. Piktochart templates will give your infographics a professional touch as if they were designed by a professional designer.

But as Piktochart doesn’t have a block-based gallery, you’re left to your own devices. If you import a template and don’t like a couple of sections, or if they don’t meet your needs, you’ll have to create everything from scratch on your own.

But there are a couple of tools that almost make up for this shortcoming in Piktochart. After you’ve created the empty block, you can use the Photo Frame tool to add a photo inside a circular or stylized frame. The extensive Chart tool will help add a visualization in a dozen different styles directly in the infographic.

The free Piktochart plan lets you download the infographic in PNG (you can also download blocks individually). The $25/month Pro plan lets you download the infographic as a PDF, without a watermark, and gives you access to more than 800 templates.

4. Venngage

Venngage template infographic maker

Venngage is a bit of a step up from Canva. While it doesn’t boast the blocks system like Visme, it has myriad tools for adding text, assets, photos, graphics, and charts.

You can choose a template to edit, or start with a blank canvas. To make editing easier for a big infographic, you can group elements and lock them as well. Using the grouping feature, you can duplicate the functionality of a block. This will help you visually differentiate different parts of the infographic.

To create new parts for your infographic, use one of the sections from the left sidebar to get started. You can add icons, charts, maps, photos, and more.

5. Infogram

Infogram interactive charts infographic maker

Infogram is an incredibly powerful visualization tool. But the free plan has limited export options. It only lets you embed the infographic on your blog, along with the Infogram watermark. You can’t download the infographic as an image or a PDF.

If you’re okay with this limitation, sign up for an Infogram account and start making an infographic by creating a blank canvas or choosing a template. Use the left sidebar to navigate through all the available templates for charts, text, and graphics. With a single click, you can import a chart. Then use the right toolbar to add data, edit the styling, and finalize the placement.

Infogram’s templates are quite basic. Infogram is best used as a data visualization tool. If you run a blog, creating visuals such as animated or interactive charts, and then embedding them in your article text can be a good way to engage your audience.

Of course, you can use other tools to make charts—here’s how to make a chart in Excel How to Make a Chart in Excel How to Make a Chart in Excel Never created a chart in Excel? Here's how to make a chart in Excel and customize it, using the most common chart types. Read More , for example—but Infogram gives you the ability to create visually striking interactive charts simply by entering the required data.

Infogram’s $19/month plan lets you create private projects, download images, and access more than 100 premium templates.

Canva Does a Lot More Than Just Infographics

If you want to create a simple text- and graphic-based infographic, Canva is the best option. If your infographic is going to be heavy on the charts and custom sections, use Visme. And if you want to focus more on aesthetics, Picktogram’s gorgeous templates should prove useful.

Infographics are not the only thing Canva is good for. With Canva, you can create various types of designs with zero effort 10 Things You Can Create With Canva With Zero Effort 10 Things You Can Create With Canva With Zero Effort Canva is so easy to use you don't need any design experience or skills to get started. Read More . It’s perfect if you want to create flyers How to Make a Flyer for Any Occasion Using Canva How to Make a Flyer for Any Occasion Using Canva Canva is an amazing design website that helps you create anything. Here's how to make a flyer in Canva suitable for any occasion. Read More , social media posts, banners, and so on. Canva has free templates for dozens of different graphic design formats, so you don’t have to start from scratch every time!

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  1. easylivetrade.com
    March 10, 2016 at 7:34 am

    Nice post. Thanks for sharing

  2. Anonymous
    June 18, 2015 at 5:57 am

    The creately is my choice and for both professional and cool diagrams, its a good solution

  3. Bern Raftery
    May 30, 2015 at 1:38 pm

    Hum, strange. Everything I did on http://www.wordle.net/, didn't seem to support the plugin's. None of them.

  4. MATI
    February 17, 2015 at 9:42 am

    Hi everybody,
    For my monthly reporting I use maps but as I have to do it manually it take me too much time.
    Does anybody know where can make map illustration for free?

    Thank you in advance

    • Norma Makarem
      November 14, 2016 at 1:26 pm

      I believe Tableau has maps integrated

  5. Thezop
    January 17, 2015 at 11:26 am

    Hi
    I really like info graphics. Thank you for the resources and tips.

  6. Ivory Research
    December 16, 2010 at 5:24 pm

    Thanks, I was looking for this, some of these infographic tool's look like they may take up your time trying to create a perfect infographic, but like anything the if you want quality then be prepared to wait

  7. Mr Simpson (Inverurie)
    November 26, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    As a classroom teacher who loves to show pupils why data is so important in the world this collection of links and software packages is just fantastic. Thank you for taking the time to compile this!

    • Angela Alcorn
      November 27, 2010 at 4:00 pm

      Hope you can put them to good use. :)

  8. Brian Regienczuk
    November 10, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    Love that infographics and visualizations are getting some traction and much needed publicity! Though I knew most of these sites, it is a space I believe will be huge over the next 5 years. Thanks! -Brian

  9. Kip Lawrence
    October 26, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    Corda Technologies has a wonderful tools to make data visualizations... see http://www.corda.com/corda-gal... for some examples.

  10. Ckelly
    October 26, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    Infographics wouldn't be so popular if they weren't effective for communicating information.. thanks for passing along the tools.

  11. Dmarcozoni
    October 26, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    Very useful post!

  12. Karen E. Lund
    October 24, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    I love Gapminder--even blogged about it after using it to create a chart for an earlier blog post: http://circleofignorance.wordp...

    Played around with Wordle a little and am inspired to go back. How did I not know about the New York Times Visualization Lab?? I need to experiment. And some of the others look interesting, too. Great leads! I'm going to be playing with these for a while.

  13. Karen E. Lund
    October 24, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    I love Gapminder--even blogged about it after using it to create a chart for an earlier blog post: http://circleofignorance.wordpress.com/2010/10/21/review-gapminder-makes-statistics-fun/

    Played around with Wordle a little and am inspired to go back. How did I not know about the New York Times Visualization Lab?? I need to experiment. And some of the others look interesting, too. Great leads! I'm going to be playing with these for a while.

  14. Márcio Guerra
    October 14, 2010 at 1:40 am

    Infographic trend? Information design is a way for people to faster understand information. It is a science on its own... No one forces you to look, like or even learn with any of them. What you can say about «trends» is that the information is supposed to be clear, to lead to knowledge, but sometimes it feels that the product itself hasn't been very well produced. I am a communication designer, and, at university, this was one of my best projects.

  15. AdriRips
    October 13, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    cool! TY

  16. TechGyo
    October 13, 2010 at 2:05 pm

    Millions thanks!!! I've been searching for this for long time, and eventually I even gave up searching for it... Finally I'll be making my own info-graphics :)

    • Angela Alcorn
      October 13, 2010 at 3:53 pm

      Thanks. You should be able to make some great infographics with these tools. :)

      • TechGyo
        October 13, 2010 at 3:57 pm

        Wel, yeah I'm looking forward some cool topic to make my infographics with these tools

  17. Kamalsuriya
    October 12, 2010 at 5:29 am

    I really like this ...!

    • cari uang
      November 15, 2010 at 4:00 am

      this post contain a comprehensive information

  18. jay
    October 12, 2010 at 4:35 am

    I can't wait until this infographic trend dies. I am so sick of seeing them...except on The Onion.

    • Márcio Guerra
      October 13, 2010 at 11:40 pm

      Infographic trend? Information design is a way for people to faster understand information. It is a science on its own... No one forces you to look, like or even learn with any of them. What you can say about «trends» is that the information is supposed to be clear, to lead to knowledge, but sometimes it feels that the product itself hasn't been very well produced. I am a communication designer, and, at university, this was one of my best projects.

  19. rapidshare download
    October 11, 2010 at 8:14 am

    I really like info graphics. Thanks for the resources and tips.

    • Angela Alcorn
      October 11, 2010 at 11:50 am

      I hope you get some use out of them!

  20. element321
    October 11, 2010 at 3:28 am

    Angela,

    Great article and informative. I like Inkscape. It looks like a good program to use. I will have to try it...

    Thanks for sharing my article.

  21. element321
    October 11, 2010 at 1:28 am

    Angela,

    Great article and informative. I like Inkscape. It looks like a good program to use. I will have to try it...

    Thanks for sharing my article.

    • Angela Alcorn
      October 11, 2010 at 5:28 am

      Thanks - and you're welcome. :)

  22. Nat Jay
    October 9, 2010 at 7:45 am

    I've pretty much relied on tools like ConceptDraw and CorelDraw to make vector inforgraphics. I'm glad there are alternatives out there that extend the utility of mainstream tools.

    • Angela Alcorn
      October 9, 2010 at 12:42 pm

      I'm sure you make some great infographics with those tools, though. :)

  23. Saikat Basu
    October 9, 2010 at 6:45 am

    Love infographics and thanks Angela for this post. The thing with both infographics and PowerPoint slides is that how can you convey the most with the least number of words.

    • Angela Alcorn
      October 9, 2010 at 12:43 pm

      I know. And that's mighty useful when everyone on the internet has the very little attention to give.

  24. ja lu
    October 9, 2010 at 8:35 am

    chartsbin.com also has lot of statistics in an interactive maps

  25. ja lu
    October 9, 2010 at 6:35 am

    chartsbin.com also has lot of statistics in an interactive maps

    • Angela Alcorn
      October 16, 2010 at 4:47 am

      Thanks for adding the link!