Formats of Infographics
Types of Infographics
Online Tools to Create Infographics
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Learning Outcomes

  • Describe the uses of different types of infographics
  • Be able to create your own simple infographic using basic design principles and free online tools

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Static Infographics

  • Most common format – can be used as a web image or a printed poster
  • Typically contains fixed information
  • Best for beginners
  • Click on the following examples to study them in detail:

    Ohio River

    Battle of the Bonds

    Asia-Pacific Universities on Facebook

Animated Infographics

    • Flashier than static infographics, good for attracting and keeping the attention of your audience
    • Information is still static but has a stronger narrative structure
    • Requires knowledge of Flash and/or proprietary programs
    • Click on the following examples to study them in detail:

Thirteen Reasons Why Your Brain Craves Infographics

The Power of Information

If The World Were 100 People

Interactive Infographics

  • Used to present large quantities of information and lets the viewer explore the data and see trends for themselves
  • As a user you can interact with the infographic by clicking, searching, and choosing for youself which data to be visualised
  • Requires knowledge of Flash and/or proprietary programs to create
  • Click on the following examples to study them in detail:

    The Fallen of World War II

    The Evolution of the Web

    Star Mapper


  • Used to compare two or more things
  • Remember to compare apples with apples, and oranges with oranges
  • Be as symmetrical as possible
  • Use a consistent colour theme to easily show contrast
  • Check these out for more tips:

Fiction versus Fact: Wildlife – Sharks


  • Used when you want to show progression/evolution over time
  • It's helpful in directing the focus of your content
  • Be careful to use consistent time frames i.e. don't jump from years to days or months
  • Explore further!

A History of Beer

Data Visualisations

Big Data

Online Tools

This tab will introduce 3 online tools and their features to help you create infographics!

Venngage PiktoChart Canva
Number of free templates available >100 11 >40
Ability to find templates by category Yes
  • Informational
  • Statistical
  • Timeline
  • Process
  • Geographic
  • Comparison
Templates are labelled "Beginner", "Intermediate", and "Advanced"
No No
Pre-Loaded Image Gallery
Stock photos No Free stock photos – tagged for easy searching Free stock photos – tagged for easy searching
Icons Purely icons available – sorted by category Available Available
Charts Available Available Available
Inputting Data
Charts Available
  • Bar
  • Stacked Bar
  • Line
  • Area
  • Stacked Area
  • Pie
  • Gauge
  • Multi-Series
  • Scatterplot
  • Bubble
  • Stacked Venn
  • Cloud Bubble
  • Word Cloud
  • Tree Map
  • Icon Bar
  • Progress Bar
  • Bar
  • Triangle Bar
  • Line
  • Area
  • Dot
  • Pie
  • Stacked Venn
  • Icon Matrix
  • Gradient Hierarchy
  • Gauge
  • Doughnut
  • Swatch
  • Progress Bar
  • Bar
  • Line
  • Pie
  • Doughnut
  • Venn Diagram
  • Stacked Venn
  • Gradient Hierarchy
Keying in Data Double click on the chart to edit
Local spreadsheet to manually input data
Tools > Charts
Local spreadsheet to manually input data
Elements > Charts
Local, limited spreadsheet to manually input data
Importing Data Able to import data from a public Google Drive spreadsheet by keying in URL Upload your data file in CSV or XLSX format or from a Google spreadsheet (in the dynamic data tab) Copy and past data from your spreadsheet into a box provided
Notable unique qualities Only allows 5 infographics to be stored per free account Automatic page demarcation You can create a team of up to 10 free accounts to collaboratively work on projects
Ability to lock to grid Yes Yes Yes
Helpful tips and tricks in their communities Venngage Community PiktoChart Blog Canva's Design School

Creating your infographic

Here are some suggested steps to creating your infographic:

  1. Select a topic
    • What is the story you want to tell?
    • Is the research or data suitable for creation of visuals?
    • What are the key questions you want to answer using infographics?
    • Who is your intended audience?
  2. Organise your information
    • Consider what will draw your audience's attention
    • Start with something that will spark their curiosity
    • There has to be a logical flow to your information
    • Conclude clearly and with a call-for-action at the end
    • Cite your sources to enhance the reliability and validity of your infographic
  3. Generate your infographic
    • Refer to "Online Tools to Create Infographics" to weigh the pros and cons of the different webtools available 
    • Or feel free to find other tools on your own! If you happen upon any good ones, drop us an email to let us know!

Adapted from the Quick Guide to Infographics by Hedren Sum, a librarian with NTU Libraries

The library holds workshops related to infographics and data visualisation from time to time. Check out our calendar of events to see when the next one is coming up, or write in to to inquire about it.

We look forward to seeing you there!