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Last Updated: Feb 21, 2013 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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What is an InfoGraphic?

An infographic is a visual representation of data, information, or knowledge. Infographics provide viewers with a new way to interact with information, which for many enhances understanding. The best infographics use visual elements that correspond to the data and information presented; the visual should be aesthetically pleasing as well as data rich. In our increasingly online, information-flooded world, easily understood and shared data is critical: an infographic can go viral, be shared with a single click, and understood quickly. An infographic should contain a source list, so that those wishing for more information can easily access it.

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Balance in Infographics

What Makes a Good Infographic?

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Tools for Infographic Design

    Template based with customization options; allows for chart and video embedding; ideal for data based in spreadsheets.
  • ChartsBin  
    Charts Bin creates interactive maps. However, currently the only output is HTML code, and most presentation software does not allow embedded code. A blog post or other exclusively online format will generally support embedded HTML.
  • Piktochart  
    Piktochart is a full infographic creation tool, with limited options in the free version. The simple graphics provided allow clear, simple visual representation of information.
  • Free Vector Infographic Kit
    Free downloadable file with graphic elements you can add to your visual presentations.
  is an infographic creation tool with clean and beautiful free templates. Drag and drop functionality make this tool easy to use with enough graphic objects to add (plus an option to upload your own).
    Template based infographic design tool. Great for inspiration and creation based on existing designs. May not be useful for all subjects and topics, but a helpful resource for design and creation.

Graphic Elements

  • Retro Icon Set
    Free graphic elements for use in visual presentations. Remember to cite the creator in your image citations.
  • Modern Pictograms by John Caserta
    Another free set of letters and elements. Note licensing information and remember to cite the creator in your image citations.
  • Stately U font
    Downloadable font for US map creation. Each element can be used separately or together, and can be colored individually.
  • StateFace
    Another free downloadable glyph font of US States.
  • Dingbat Free Fonts
    Font Squirrel selection of free pictogram fonts. These require downloading and installing to use. Not all of them are useful for infographic creation.

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