You know what the problem is with basic charts, tables and visuals made in PowerPoint or Excel?
The snooze factor.
Who enjoys dry reports or yawn-inducing presentations?
You’ve put in the time and effort to collect your data. It would be a shame for people to ignore it.
A good infographic can help you avoid this fate. Use these infographic templates to help you present your data in compelling fashion:
1. Tell a story with your data.
Behind every chunk of statistics, there’s a story. An infographic is the perfect medium for data-driven storytelling.
Infographics allow you to combine data and narrative structure in one tidy space. Visuals like icons and bold fonts let you highlight important statistics and facts.
This infographic template shows how you can highlight key statistics using striking icons, fonts and borders:
2. Combine different types of data visualizations.
Variety is the spice of life.
Why stick to just one type of chart when you can concoct a recipe of distinct designs? Don’t be afraid to mix charts, pictograms and diagrams in one graphic. That’s an easy way to grab attention and eyeballs.
This infographic template combines multiple types of charts, pictograms and images to engage readers:
3. Use icons to emphasize important points.
Icons are like eye magnets. If you want readers to notice specific data points, placing an icon beside each one makes them all pop. You can also pair icons with headers to indicate the beginning of a new section.
This template uses icons like bullet points to emphasize and illustrate important points:
4. Use bold fonts to make text engaging.
Even if you have a lot of text, you can still present data visually by using bold, interesting fonts.
Just make sure your text is easy to read. As a rule of thumb, avoid using more than three different font types in one infographic.
This infographic uses one font for headers, another for body text and a third font for accent text:
5. Pick colors that make your points pop.
If you want a science-backed way to boost the visibility of your content, select attention-grabbing colors.
Use light-colored text and icons on dark backgrounds to make them stand out. Consider the mood you want to convey with your infographic and pick colors accordingly.
This template uses a bold combination of pinks and purples to enliven its information:
6. Show how the parts make up a whole.
It can be difficult to break a complex topic down into digestible tidbits. An infographic is like a spoonful of sugar to help the information go down.
Using a diagram or chart can convey parts of a whole more effectively than a text list can.
This infographic template uses one focus visual to illustrate a banana’s nutritional content:
7. Focus on one amazing statistic.
If you are preparing a presentation, avoid cramming too many visuals into one slide. Instead, focus on one awe-inspiring statistic and make that the focus of your slide.
Use one central visual to give the statistic even more impact. Smaller visuals like this are ideal for sharing on social media.
This template focuses on one key statistic and offers some supporting information in the sidebar:
8. Optimize your infographic for mobile.
Info-packed infographics are great for spicing up content, but they’re not always mobile friendly. To optimize your infographic for mobile viewing, use one focus chart or icon with a big, legible font.
This infographic uses concise text and one chart to cut to the chase:
9. Replace bullet points with icons.
Wads of statistics can make eyes glaze over. Icons are more interesting and illustrative than bland bullet points. For each statistic in a list, pick an icon that reflects its theme.
This infographic uses icons to enhance each statistic in its list:
A version of this post first appeared on Venngage Infographic Maker.