Infographics are some of the most powerful visual marketing tools out there. But many of us find them, um, a little bit daunting. There’s just a lot of numbers out there. And so many lines and metrics. And a ton of pie charts, which, how are we supposed to just slap together a pie chart, GodI’mhungry does anyone have pie???
At ease, PicMonkeyers. There’s a wide world of infographics out there, many of which are downright simple to make. Today, we’re gonna introduce you to a few of our favorite flavors: sleek, good-lookin’ infographics that are all 100% doable in PicMonkey.
Here are the infographics we’ll be showcasing today:
- Simple single- and dual-column
- At-a-glance graphics
- Linear progression
Single- and dual-column
Let’s say you’ve got a list of facts and figures that you’d like to share with the world. Or maybe you’re evaluating whether a set of statements are true or false. In that case, building an infographic around simple columns will make your intel easy to understand.
Less is more, in infographics as in so many aspects of life. And when it comes to crafting streamlined infographics, Collage’s Ducks in a Row templates are your besties. They’re simple, stackable, flippable, and their responsive layout means you can add as many images as you need to make your point.
Pro tip: For a super-Pinnable piece of graphic wisdom, start with Ducks in a Row and hit Rotate in the bottom toolbar so they’re stacked on top of each other. Add each piece of information into its own cell, and add rows on the bottom as needed.
More examples of this type of infographic:
At a glance
This may shock you, but … drumroll … some infographics don’t need to involve math at all.
Whaaaa? Yes, English majors, your day has come! Infographics are excellent vehicles for any kind of information that benefits from being shared visually, whether it’s a statistic, a quick tutorial, or little-known facts about the history of cheese.
The kinds of infographics we’ll call at-a-glance graphics are especially handy when you want to convey information that is maddeningly difficult to put into words, but clicks instantly when you have an image. For instance, the above infographic describes various types of delicious donut, which is not only mouthwatering, but saves time!
Think outside the graph with other at-a-glance infographics:
- The Real Girl’s Guide to Every Gorgeous Braid From Pinterest
- The Periodic Table of Tables
- Watermelon Margarita recipe
If the information you want to present is chronological, try a linear progression graphic like a timeline. These types of graphics are easy to design, since their most basic form is built around a sequence of events.
“Chronological” and “linear” don’t have to mean facts and dates: any multi-step process could be visualized as a linear progression. Think:
Guide to stress-free holiday shopping
- Before you shop
- While you’re out
- When you get home (and shopping online)
That’s mad sequential, bruh.
More examples of timeline (and road map) infographics:
- Interior Design Through the Decades
- High School Senior College Application Timeline
- The Roadmap to a Successful Event
Indecisive? Need some help with that? Enter the flowchart: the infographic with an answer to everything.
Flowcharts get a rap for being complicated, but they don’t have to contain dozens of outcomes. At their best, they’re a clean, streamlined way to show how different choices or preferences lead to different outcomes. (And sometimes, as in our example above, they’re just for funsies.)
Pro tip: PicMonkey overlays are your go-to source for these playful, meandering graphics: if you’re not sure where to start, try Geometric for your text boxes and Arrows for guiding readers through the image.
More examples of flowcharts:
- A Love Story Flowchart (save-the-date in flowchart form)
- Wardrobe Editing Decision Guide
- Which Pet Should You Get?
What better way to compare two things than with an infographic that pits them against each other? Fight, fight, fight!
Okay, you don’t have to get quite so competitive about it, but still, we love us some comparisons.
One simple way to set up a comparative infographic is with our good friend, Collage’s Ducks in a Row. The classic two-cell version is an easy-to-use framework for these types of graphic: just drop in your main images into each cell, add informative text, and boom! Comparified.
Another great comparison graphic is the Venn diagram. Its overlapping circles add a little bit of nuance, allowing you to highlight similarities between items being compared as well as differences.
Pro tip: For a Venn diagram that’s as colorful as it is informative, start with two colored circle overlays and set the fade to 50%. You’ll see the area where they overlap as a third color.
More comparison infographics:
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