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June 9, 2014 / carlispina

Create Infographics Using Sprites

SpritesInfographics remain a popular trend in data presentation, particularly on the internet. While I have covered some nice options for creating infographics in the past, Sprites is a new tool that offers some great options and an even easier interface than many of the other available options. Sprites also sets itself apart from the competition by including striking animations in the final product.

The first step to creating an impressive infographic using Sprites is to select from one of the available themes. The free account offers six themes with different color schemes and you also have the option to create your own theme if you would like. Once you have started a new infographic, Sprites gives you the option to add elements to your infographic with a single click. You can choose from twelve elements that range from text entry to common types of charts and graphs, to a map or a timeline. And, once you have selected an element, Sprites makes it simple to place that element either by dragging and dropping it to the desired location or by selecting from an automated position such as centered, or top, bottom, right or left justified. You can also edit the element to reflect your own information and data either by manually editing the data or by importing it from Excel, Google Sheets, or even a URL. If none of the preset options meet your needs, you can also add your own custom code by adding a widget to your infographic. It is also possible to create multiple related infographics and move between them by creating multiple slides. As you move through the editing process, you can preview your infographic to see how the various elements are animated in the final project. All of the features I have described come standard with a free Sprites account, but there is also a Pro account, which is currently available for free, which offers some additional themes, access to statistics and analytics, and other elements.

Finalized infographics can be published, which gives you a URL where you can find your infographic. Sprites also offers the option to automatically share the infographic on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, or LinkedIn. All infographics published using Sprites are automatically licensed under a Creative Commons Sharealike-Attribution license and there is no way to publish an infographic privately, which is an important consideration when deciding whether to use the tool. However, if you are willing to make your infographic public, Sprites is a great option that would be a great alternative to PowerPoint when you need to present data and other similar information. If it sounds interesting, checkout these example infographics to see if Sprites would meet your needs.


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