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December 13, 2012 / carlispina

Drag and Drop Infographics with Piktochart

PiktochartVisualizing data is often essential to conveying it to your audience in an engaging and understandable way. One of the ways to achieve this goal is to present the information in the form of an infographic, a pictorial representation of information that has proved to be extremely popular online. While I have previously written about several tools for creating various types of infographics, it is worth considering another option, Piktochart, which has become an extremely easy to use and versatile tool for quickly creating infographics.

Piktochart may only be one in a sea of infographic tools, but the team that created it has clearly put effort into designing a tool that has a very low learning curve and lots of options for creating an infographic that meets the needs of almost any project. When you start a new project on Piktochart, you are presented with six free themes and over 90 additional themes if you opt to pay for a pro account. If you still don’t see what you are looking for, there is also an option to suggest a new theme.

Once you select a theme, you can further customize the infographic by selecting from a range of color schemes. While you may not be able to exactly match colors used on your website or at your institution, you can select from enough color schemes to find one that will complement most existing styles. This option is just one of many customizations provided by this tool, which also allows users to select from over 40 fonts ranging from the humorous (a font called “bloody” that looks as if it is dripping) to the professional (Times New Roman). Once you have set the theme and style of your infographic, the real work begins.

Each theme offers placeholder content, but users can choose to delete, add, modify or move content throughout the entire infographic. One of the most useful features is the ability to input data into your Piktochart and then have a chart or graph automatically generated to represent this data. If you would prefer to generate your chart or graph elsewhere, you can also import this or any other image that is available as a PNG, JPEG or GIF into your infographic and then place it wherever you wish. If you would prefer to stick with the images offered by Piktochart, there are a host of shapes and graphics that are available as part of a basic infographic and each theme also includes several additional images specific to that theme. Once you have arranged all of the elements of your infographic, you can save the infographic, export it as a PNG file to be embedded on another site or export the data as an XML file to be used elsewhere.

To make Piktochart even easier to use, the company offers a variety of support options for users. This starts before you even register for an account with the option to watch several video demos, to chat with a company representative or to take a tour of the service. Once you have actually decided to work with Piktochart, you can also work through a number of tutorials to help you get started or look at a gallery of existing Piktocharts for inspiration. If you run into trouble once you get started with you infographic, there is also an FAQ and a help center to get your through any rough patches.

If you are looking for an easy-to-use option for creating infographics, Piktochart is an excellent option. You can find more information about pricing or taking a tour on their website.

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