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Designing Infographics on the Web

This guide provides a list of resources for learning about and creating infographics.

Introduction

Infogr.am has become a leader in the data visualization field. It is especially good for web content and specializes in interactive charts, graphs, and maps. It can also be connected with a Google account to create live data which automatically updates when changes are made to the source material. A free plugin makes it easy to incorporate your material into a Wordpress blog. It uses a drag and drop method to insert content to the infograph and is an easy program to learn. Tutorials provided by the company itself makes it even easier to master.

 

Strengths

  • Over 40 fonts to choose from
  • User-friendly design
  • A variety of tutorials are available
  • Over 40 chart types to choose from
  • Ability to add alternate text (alt text) to images
  • Can import data directly from a spreadsheet (Google Spreadsheets, Excel, JSON feed, Dropbox)

Drawbacks

  • Download only available through premium account
  • Limit to ten visuals/projects
  • Limited number of free templates
  • Limited customization possibilities

 

The Benefits of Pro Accounts

  Storage Download Formats Watermark Content Import Data From Privacy
Basic

10 projects

Unavailable

Yes

40+ charts

World map

US map

Continent maps

Google Spreadsheets

Excel

JSON feed

Dropbox

Public

 

Pro

100 projects

 

PDF

JPG

PNG

GIF

None

500+ maps

100+ themes

 

Above +

MySQL

PostgreSQL

Amazon Redshift

Oracle

Microsoft SQL Server

Private

 

 

Sample Interactive Map