WEB & TECH / MAR. 12, 2015
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4 Useful Infographic Design Tools for Non-Designers

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As a quick dose of information for people who might be interested in your business or website (or both), infographics are one of the best ways to attract people’s attention. So if you’re looking for a shareable infographic, then your first step might be to outsource it from a professional or freelance designer. But this can cost you a bomb, which isn’t great if it’s a start-up or small business that you’re working with.

See also: How-to-create-a-winning-infographic

But why not just make your own? You don’t have to have years of training in graphic design to create a decent infographic. There are simple (and free) tools out there that can help you on your way to designing a great infographic all by yourself!

#1 Piktochart

This is an infographic design programme aimed specifically at non-designers. What more could you want? Admittedly, it takes some getting used to. But when you’ve got the hang of it, making great-looking visuals will be easy. The best thing about this programme is the fact that it comes with ready-made templates that you can manipulate by adding your own graphics, information, statistics and whatever else you might want to include.

You can sign up to Piktochart for free, but if you’re looking to make a lot of infographics then it’s well worth paying the monthly fee. The Pro membership comes with tonnes more templates for you to make use of, as well as access to extra graphics, a greater upload capacity and more additional features.

#2 Infogr.am

Similarly, you can register for free to use this infographic creation tool. It also comes loaded with a few templates to base your infographic on. The deal with Infogr.am is that the infographics you create probably won’t look as good (if you’re a non-designer) as the ones you can make with Piktochart. Nevertheless, creating simpler infographics means that the tool is much simpler to use, and you’ll be a pro at it much quicker. So maybe start your journey towards becoming a master infographic designer with this tool and then move on to Piktochart.

#3 Pixlr Editor

This tool is very useful for creating infographics because it’s basically just a free version of Photoshop. Again, you’ll have to spend some time learning how to use the thing, but trust me, it looks a lot scarier than it is. I personally only use it to work with graphics that I will later upload to Piktochart. And the way I learned how to use it was by the trusty old trial and error method. However, there are tutorial videos and blogs, such as this one, out there to give you a helping hand along the way.

#4 freepik / Flaticon

If you’re looking for graphics, then these two sites are the best databases I’ve come across. They will help you find more graphics to work with than what the infographic programmes offer. Freepik has some really stylish, professional-looking graphics. While Flaticon has an astronomical range of simple icons. It’s useful for finding specific or industry-relevant icons in particular. All you need to do is give the sites a mention in your references section.

See also: Top 5 Tools for a Perfect Infographic Resume

So, although it will take a little time getting your head around these infographic tools, it’s time well spent. Investing some time in teaching your staff or yourself how to use these programmes could save you a lot of money in the long run.

 

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