Last week I wrote about how to use PowerPoint to design your own infographic. It wasn't too hard, but hey, we're not all designers here, amirite? If designing your own infographic had you throwing up your hands in defeat, maybe you should try out Easel.ly.
Here's how it works
From www.easel.ly click the start fresh slide to get started.
The following window works as a pasteboard, similar to what you will find when editing a slide in PowerPoint.
Click the Vhemes button to view available themes and drag the one you would like to use to the pasteboard. All elements of the infographic are editable and clickable. Double-clicking the text will open a text box for editing the text. You can change the font, font size, font color, background color, etc.
You are also given the choice to enter Objects broken down in categories like people, animals, icons, etc. If you don't find what you want there, or you'd like to incorporate your own logo, you can click the upload button to add in your own images.
Easel.ly will not take all of the work out of infographics. You'll still need to put in the time to research the facts and stats you want to share. Using the pre-made themes is pretty quick work, but if you want to get the infographic to look just the way you want, it may take more time than you like to change the fonts/sizes/colors from their default settings. That being said, if you're set on creating an infographic but don't know where to start from a design perspective, Easel.ly is a great choice.
Have you used Easel.ly to create an infographic? Or something similar? Share your experience in the comments below.
AJ teaches a live, 3-hour class that offers tips/tricks for improving the look and feel of your PowerPoint presentations: Slide Sprucing: Remodeling Lackluster PowerPoint Slides for eLearning and Presentations.
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