A lot has been written about the use of infographics. Just Google “Why use infographics” and dozens of articles appear. I don’t need anyone to give me five reasons why I should be using them, I know I should, the challenge has been how to start.
I will be the first to admit I am no artist, my stick men even need help, so I wasn’t sure that creating infographics was the way to go. However, I found a number of websites that have allowed me to become more creative, by either working with pre-existing templates or, as I have become more adept, creating my own.
Here are a few that I have tried. All are free, but do offer more if you pay.
One that I have been using a lot – mostly because of its simplicity – is canva.com. This website allows you to create not only infographics, but also posts for social media including memes, Facebook covers, Instagram posts, Twitter posts, magazine covers, etc.
I like this one because you can use an existing template, modify an existing template or create your own template. Changing backgrounds, fonts and layouts is simple and, although they offer a limited amount of artwork for free (you can get more for the paid version) you can upload your own art as well. I created this infographic using canva.com
Easel.ly is another free site that allows users to create infographics from scratch, or start from one of the pre-made "Vhemes." I have used this site as well and found it to be as easy as canva.com. What I like about it is that others share their infographics, which is great when you are looking for ideas for your own infographics. I created this visual with easel.ly.
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