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20+ Tools to Create Your Own Infographics

20+ Tools to Create Your Own Infographics | Multimedia Journalism | Scoop.it

 While not everyone can make infographics from scratch, there are tools available on the Web that will help you create your very own infographics. In this article, we’re listing more than 20 such options to help you get your messages across to your readers, visually.

 

What About Me?

"What About Me?" is a personalization tool that produces colorful infographics that display your social media habits automatically from Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. The tool is provided by Intel. Create an infographic of your digital life and become inspired by the people you know, the things you see, and the experiences you have online.

 

Vizualize.me

Vizualize.me allows you to create an online resume format that is beautiful, relevant and fun, all with just one click. It enables you to express your professional accomplishments in a simple yet compelling personal visualization, and will help optimize your LinkedIn Profile to get a kickass Visual Resume.

 

Piktochart

With Piktochart, you get to create an innovative Infographic using a combination of different types of visualizations: themes, icons, vectors, images and chart exporter. Drag-and-drop and click your way through color schemes, shapes and fonts, then export the materials as static or html to easily embed it for use at your site.

 

easel.ly

Easel.ly is a fun tool to create your Infographics with drag and drop features and a simple interface. You can easily create and share visual ideas online, supported by ‘vhemes’ or visual themes that help you get started from the preset Infograpic style. Drag and drop a ‘vheme’ onto your canvas to turn your idea into a full infographic.

 

Visual.ly (http://goo.gl/issJu)

Visually helps you customize infographics in seconds, and no, you don’t have to be an analyst or designer to make infographics with Visually Create. Visual.ly allows you to also discover infographics and favorites from other users.

 

Infogr.am (http://goo.gl/UaK3G)

Infogr.am is a simple yet most exciting way to create static and interactive infographics. Import raw data to Infogr.am, and the site’s online tool will help you turn that data into a nice looking chart or full-blown infographic in minutes.

 

Many Eyes (http://goo.gl/9SKr5)

Many Eyes is an experiment by IBM Research and the IBM Cognos software group with a simple belief: ‘Finding the right way to view your data is as much an art as a science’. Many Eyes provides a range of visualizations from the ordinary to the experimental, where each can be put together with a click.

 

Venngage (http://goo.gl/GhLG7)

Venngage is an online infographics tool that helps you create and publish custom infographics, and at the same time, engage viewers and track results. Venngage allows you to create beautiful infographics for blogs and websites and you can also watch the numbers of your audience grow with compelling and beautiful content.

 

iCharts (http://goo.gl/PXFFx)

With iCharts, you can create great-looking charts in minutes with interactive and easy-to-share data. iCharts makes it easy to visualize, share and distribute big and small data.

 

Dipity (http://goo.gl/V4QLU)

Dipity is a free digital timeline website, if you are looking for a different type of Infographics. The mission is to organize the web’s content by date and time. Dipity is the fastest and easiest way to bring history to life with stunning multimedia timelines.

 

Timeline JS (http://goo.gl/gCqpr)

TimelineJS is a beautifully crafted timeline that is easy and intuitive to use. You can pull in media from different sources with built-in support for Twitter, Flickr, Google Maps, YouTube, Vimeo, Dailymotion, Wikipedia, SoundCloud and more.

 

StatSilk (http://goo.gl/Hk2DE)

StatSilk offers web-based and desktop software to make data analysis easy, efficient and enjoyable, to cater to diverse mapping and visualisation needs.

 

InFoto Free (http://goo.gl/6uM6r)

InFoto Free is an app for your Android to create an infographic of your photo-taking habits, using a Photo stats analyzer. With InFoto Free you can create awesome looking high-res infographics from your photo collection. It tells you things like what time of the day you prefer to take photos in, whether you prefer horizontal or vertical orientations as well as your favorite city to shoot in.

 

Photo Stats (http://goo.gl/b8mB1)

Photo Stats is an iPhone app that analyses the photos you take on your iPhone. The app generates cool and stylish infographics that shows how, when and where you take your photos from. You get to easily visualize your photo-taking habits and share it with friends.

 

More Tools

 

ChartsBin (http://goo.gl/kSZ2k) – An online tool to create your own interactive map instantly with no installation or coding needed, and you can embed the map in your own website or blog easily too.

 

Tableau Public (http://goo.gl/EkmM0) – A free application for your Windows computer that brings data to life. You can create and share interactive charts and graphs, stunning maps, live dashboards and fun applications in minutes. Anyone can do it, it’s that easy.

 

Creately (http://goo.gl/D3gx8) – Want to create beautiful diagrams in no time? Creately may be a good choice to use as it can be used across all sectors by individuals, corporate teams, developers, software architects, students and teachers alike for diagramming purposes.

 

Gliffy (http://goo.gl/x3O6n) – Gliffy helps to easily create professional-quality flowcharts, diagrams, floor plans, technical drawings, and more. You can easily drag-and-drop your way through the makings of an infographic using the many shapes from an extensive library.

 

SIMILE Widgets (http://goo.gl/TvzqR) – SIMILE is a free and open-source data visualization Web widget.

 

Tagxedo (http://goo.gl/2l0Uf) – Tagxedo turns words – famous speeches, news articles, slogans, themes, even your love letters – into a visually stunning word cloud. Every word is individually sized to highlight the frequencies of occurrence within the body of text.

 

Wordle (http://goo.gl/XS56D) – Wordle is a simple web app for generating “word clouds” from the text you provide. While the clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text, you can also tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes.


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Alfredo Corell's curator insight, January 8, 2013 6:47 PM

While not everyone can make infographics from scratch, there are tools available on the Web that will help you create your very own infographics. In this article, they-re listing more than 20 such options to help you get your messages across to your readers, visually.

 

Some of them really simple. Most of them... visual. Try, gooo

Devrim Ozdemir, Ph. D.'s curator insight, January 9, 2013 8:39 AM

While not everyone can make infographics from scratch, there are tools available on the Web that will help you create your very own infographics. In this article, they-re listing more than 20 such options to help you get your messages across to your readers, visually.

 

Some of them really simple. Most of them... visual. Try, gooo

Marcus Ja'mol Norman's curator insight, May 13, 2015 8:04 PM

Info graphs are very cool.

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How McDonald's invented brand journalism, and how brand journalism saved McDonald's

How McDonald's invented brand journalism, and how brand journalism saved McDonald's | Multimedia Journalism | Scoop.it

In 2003 McDonald’s was a global corporation in decline.

 

A brand that had built it’s reputation on the simple slogan that it was a happy place to be; which had democratised eating out, had forgotten what it was about.

 

Its restaurants were scruffy and tired. Its staff poorly trained and demoralised, its food produced with an eye to economy, not quality. That food had become anachronistic at a time when consciousness about good diet and health were growing rapidly. What was worse, its senior management didn’t see a problem.

 

In a BusinessWeek article (1), Michael Quinlan, then chairman and CEO, said, “Do we have to change? No, we don’t have to change. We have the most successful brand in the world”.

 

As sales in each restaurant fell, McDonald’s responded not by improving those restaurants, and what it sold in them, but by opening more and more new ones.

 

When regular evaluations showed the brand experience was declining, McDonald’s dropped the evaluations.

 

Instead of making the brand better, it just made it bigger.

 

In March 2003, BusinessWeek wrote about these problems, under the headline ‘Hamburger Hell’. There were plenty more reports like it. As Larry Light, then McDonald's chief marketing officer,  recalls in his book Six Rules for Brand Revitalisation (2): “Article after article described the unfortunate conditions of McDonald’s. Reporters, analysts, observers, activists, franchisees, employees, marketing consultants, everyone had something negative to say: McDonald’s was ‘out of date’; ‘too large to be turned around’; ‘its time is passed’.”

 

And yet.

 

A year later everything had changed.

 

When Larry Light spoke at an Economist conference in 2004 he was able to quote headlines such as: “‘The Sizzle is Back’; ‘Eye Popping Performance’; and ‘McDonald’s Leaves Analysts Upbeat on Prospects’. And after another year, McDonald’s was being described as an incredible turnaround business case.”

 

What had happened in the meantime?

 

Light had initiated a transformation of the company. Just about everything had changed – from staff training to restaurant refurbishment; the food that was sold and the way McDonald’s was advertised and marketed. That marketing now followed what Light said was something very new: a brand journalism approach.

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Sara Ortega's curator insight, December 1, 2013 4:23 PM

I included this book as a reference text and one of the only books out there written solely about brand journalism.  

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How the Like Button Took Over the Internet

How the Like Button Took Over the Internet | Multimedia Journalism | Scoop.it
The Like button is the most ubiquitous symbol of the social media age. Its creators look back at the power — and the problems — they unleashed.

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Before the internet, irresponsible journalism was blamed for a war and a presidential assassination

Before the internet, irresponsible journalism was blamed for a war and a presidential assassination | Multimedia Journalism | Scoop.it
A group of prominent journalists gathered to discuss the scourge of “yellow journalism,” a phenomenon brought about by the the earliest form of tabloid newspaper. The speaker of the evening was…
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How The New York Times Is Clawing Its Way into the Future

How The New York Times Is Clawing Its Way into the Future | Multimedia Journalism | Scoop.it
The Gray Lady is embarking on an ambitious plan, inspired by the strategies of Netflix, Spotify, and HBO, to make a subscription to the Times indispensable.
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3 Ways You’ll Be Using Facebook Video Differently in 2017 – The Mission

3 Ways You’ll Be Using Facebook Video Differently in 2017 – The Mission | Multimedia Journalism | Scoop.it
Through the late 90s and early 2000s, we’ve seen barriers to sharing the written word completely flatten out and disappear. Anyone with a keyboard could start a blog. Then social networks came along…
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Will Facebook really be text-free in five years? No, text will always be the quickest way to tell a story and the most efficient way to absorb information.
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On Our Radar: 3 challenges of remote storytelling

On Our Radar: 3 challenges of remote storytelling | Multimedia Journalism | Scoop.it
On Our Radar is a nonprofit news-telling agency that shares underreported stories in marginalised communities. It has produced a handful of projects in partnership with various citizen journalists,…
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Don’t ask users to tag unemployed friends (and other lessons for newsrooms on Facebook)

Don’t ask users to tag unemployed friends (and other lessons for newsrooms on Facebook) | Multimedia Journalism | Scoop.it
"People want their social feeds to reflect the best versions of themselves."
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28+ Apps That Make Your Journalist’s Life Easier Than Ever – Digital Journalism Rocks

28+ Apps That Make Your Journalist’s Life Easier Than Ever – Digital Journalism Rocks | Multimedia Journalism | Scoop.it
Working as a journalists demands so many different tasks: Discovering new topics, doing research and remembering it, using social media, editing photos and videos and organizing all of it. Didn’t you…
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Starter storytelling tools for new journalists

Starter storytelling tools for new journalists | Multimedia Journalism | Scoop.it
One of the most common questions I get as a technical person in media from new journalists is, “What are your favorite storytelling tools?” There’s a big focus on tools and the next big thing in fi…
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10 Great Academic Search Engines for Research Students

10 Great Academic Search Engines for Research Students | Multimedia Journalism | Scoop.it
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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, December 24, 2016 2:50 PM

Those who search for research will may have already found these search engines.  Don't rely on a single search engine. Triangulate your queries, look for multiple credible sources.

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Something for me to share in the New Year. Great to add to research lesson for secondary school students. 
Oskar Almazan's curator insight, February 8, 8:42 AM
Niche-specific content is usually not readily available through regular generic search engines. One example is the academic and scholarly content. While running a search query about an academic topic through a generic search engine such as Google would probably render fairly decent results, it, however, usually takes digging into so much fluff before finally landing on relevant results. This is where having access to topic-specific search engines comes in handy. Such search engines do not only provide specific content tailored to the topic under study but their content is more likely to be reliable and authoritative. To this end, we have compiled this list of excellent academic search engines that teachers, student researchers and academics can use to quickly locate and access scholarly works and publications. We have only included what we believe are the most relevant and popular titles out there.
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The New York Public Library just uploaded nearly 200,000 images you can use for free

The New York Public Library just uploaded nearly 200,000 images you can use for free | Multimedia Journalism | Scoop.it
The New York Public Library just released a treasure trove of digitized public domain images, everything from epic poetry from the 11th century to photographs of used car lots in Columbus, Ohio from the 1930s. Over 180,000 manuscripts, maps, photographs, sheet music, lithographs, postcards, and other images were released online Wednesday in incredibly high resolution, and are available to download using the library's user-friendly visualization tool. It's a nostalgist's dream come true.
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Mike McCallister's curator insight, February 6, 4:20 PM

Blogs and social media posts are always enhanced by graphics. More people look at and interact with posts with photos. Here's another place to find compelling graphics.

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The New York Public Library just uploaded nearly 200,000 images you can use for free
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Heavy losses feared as The Guardian forecasts it will burn £90m in cash this year

Heavy losses feared as The Guardian forecasts it will burn £90m in cash this year | Multimedia Journalism | Scoop.it
The Guardian has warned staff to expect further heavy losses, as the newspaper said it expects to burn through another £90m in cash this year.
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How Facebook and Google could disrupt the subscription model for news

How Facebook and Google could disrupt the subscription model for news | Multimedia Journalism | Scoop.it
When you go online to book a plane ticket from San Francisco to New York, your search will typically turn up about 1.2 million flight combinations, each with a different price. Considering that 30…
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Meet the Macedonian Teens Who Mastered Fake News and Corrupted the US Election

Meet the Macedonian Teens Who Mastered Fake News and Corrupted the US Election | Multimedia Journalism | Scoop.it
These guys didn’t care if Trump won or lost the White House. They only wanted pocket money. But the consequences of what they did shook the world.
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Bridging the gap in local news – Thoughts On Journalism

Bridging the gap in local news – Thoughts On Journalism | Multimedia Journalism | Scoop.it
Everyone’s wondering what the next four years will mean for their families and neighbors, and local reporters are in the perfect position to find out. In the first week of the Trump administration…
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Facebook is beginning to reach out to local newsrooms

Facebook is beginning to reach out to local newsrooms | Multimedia Journalism | Scoop.it
Last week, Facebook visited journalists in Atlanta and Dallas in what looks like the start of a more reciprocal relationship between the social media giant and local newsrooms. Journalists rely on …
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Forget the NYT or The Guardian. Here’s the new league of news providers. – The Mission

Forget the NYT or The Guardian. Here’s the new league of news providers. – The Mission | Multimedia Journalism | Scoop.it
Over the last year or so, a virtual battle has been raging between legacy media and social platforms. As many traditional publications have struggled to adapt to the fast pace of tech developments, a…
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How journalists can protect themselves against the “snooper’s charter”

How journalists can protect themselves against the “snooper’s charter” | Multimedia Journalism | Scoop.it
Speaking at news:rewired, Silkie Carlo offered some tips on how journalists should protect themselves against hacks and interceptions.
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As a presidential election looms in France, Google and Facebook team up with news outlets to factcheck

As a presidential election looms in France, Google and Facebook team up with news outlets to factcheck | Multimedia Journalism | Scoop.it
In France, Google and Facebook are hoping to get ahead of the "fake news" fury that exploded in the U.S. shortly after the November presidential election. Google announced Monday it's teaming up with media outlets from Agence France-Presse to BuzzFeed News to Le Monde on a countrywide fac…
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45 Key Moments in the History of Online Journalism – Thoughts On Journalism

In the history chapter of the Online Journalism Handbook you will find a timeline of key events in web journalism. While working on the forthcoming second edition I recently revisited and updated the…
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BuzzFeed vs. Trump

BuzzFeed vs. Trump | Multimedia Journalism | Scoop.it
BuzzFeed News pushes further than its competitors. Can it handle the consequences?
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WordPress vs. Medium: A Case Study - MediaShift

Last month, I ran an A/B test to see how an article performs on WordPress vs Medium. On Medium, the article was titled What are you doing, Medium? Here on MediaShift.org, which runs on WordPress, the article was titled What are you doing, Medium, with your Sex 2.
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The New York Public Library just uploaded nearly 200,000 images you can use for free

The New York Public Library just uploaded nearly 200,000 images you can use for free | Multimedia Journalism | Scoop.it
The New York Public Library just released a treasure trove of digitized public domain images, everything from epic poetry from the 11th century to photographs of used car lots in Columbus, Ohio from the 1930s. Over 180,000 manuscripts, maps, photographs, sheet music, lithographs, postcards, and other images were released online Wednesday in incredibly high resolution, and are available to download using the library's user-friendly visualization tool. It's a nostalgist's dream come true.
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Blogs and social media posts are always enhanced by graphics. More people look at and interact with posts with photos. Here's another place to find compelling graphics.

ROCAFORT's curator insight, February 7, 2:48 PM
The New York Public Library just uploaded nearly 200,000 images you can use for free
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How the Hindustan Times Is Building the World's Largest Mobile Journalism Team - MediaShift

Yusuf Omar is the Mobile Editor at the Hindustan Times in India. He is currently building the world’s largest in-house mobile journalism team, training 750 reporters to tell stories using their phones. Yusuf was recently awarded at the world’s first ever Snapchat awards — The Ghosties — for his use of social media for social good.
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