The web is now awash with infographics, eye-catching colourful displays of complex information and data sets created, supposedly, to make them easier to digest. Infogr.am is a neat tool that lets you make your own. No mess or fuss, just click and load to edit one of the pre-designed templates, adding charts, maps, text objects, images and video.
I’ve been quite vocal in the past about how much I despise infographics… in fact I delivered a talk about it at the Pod Delusion birthday party last year, which I have embedded below. That talk was slightly tongue in cheek (and designed for adults, so I guess comes with a parental guidance warning). It’s not that I have a problem with the concept but I hate it when it is used as a cheap way of adding eye-candy to a site. If a graphic doesn’t bring clarity to the information you’re sharing all it really does is make your webpage load slower .. and that is just annoying.
As long as you don’t abuse this simple rule the go ahead and make infographics to your heart’s content! The free account lets you share work hosted on infogr.am through the unusual social channels, with an embed code to insert it into your website or blog. If you want to share a graphic privately or download it to host on your own website of share offline then you’ll have to upgrade to the pro account.