Visual communication is among the most effective methods of explaining complex relationships and concepts, and can be an amazing way of explaining your products or services and create valuable website content. Diagrams and whiteboarding can be used in communicating new concepts and features with your team. Here is a look at 10 tools that can be used to create infographics the easy way.

1. Piktochart
This tool is web-based and has 6 decent free themes for making simple visualizations. You can drop and drag images and shapes, and there is quite some customization available. In addition, you can add simple lines, bars and pie charts with data from CSV. You can export to JPG and PNG in either web or print quality.

2. Easel.ly
This is another free of charge web-based tool used to create infographics. Although graphs cannot be created using actual data with this tool, it is very good for storytelling and conceptual visualizations. This tool has an attractive user interface and gorgeous themes to start you off. The themes support numerous common purposes: flow-chart, map and comparison or relationship graphing.

3. Infogr.am
This web-based tool is also free and has a great interface and some very nice themes for making simple infographics. With this option, you can also create charts with the use of real data. Infogr.am allows you to add your own video and images as well.

4. Visual.ly
Visual.ly has several simple free tools, many of which combine with social networks to scrutinize Facebook and Twitter data. You can create Twitter account show-downs, Venn diagrams and visuals analyzing hash tags among others. Unfortunately, there is almost no customization obtainable.

5. Tableau

Tableau has several free tools for generating data visualizations. Since it is not web-based, you are required to download the software. After doing that, you can upload a CSV or spreadsheet and create a selection of interactive data visualizations kinds, including bar charts, Venn diagrams showing associations, line graphs and heat maps to show activity density by location.

6. OmniGraffle

OmniGraffle is a desktop application with a very intuitive interface and it is a good tool used for wireframing in detail. Objects can be customized and stylized to the level that you utilize the tool for creating complete infographics just as you want them.

7. Balsamiq

Balsamiq is another wireframing tool used to create simple diagrams of mobile and web interfaces. The desktop version costs $79 but there is also a free of charge web demo, which is enough for simple diagramming.

8. Make a video
RSA Animate series is a good example of utilizing visual communication to go with a verbal clarification of something. You can employ an illustration artist or even do it on your own, Whiteboard Friday-style.

9. TimelineJS
This tool uses a Google spreadsheet that has links to Flickr, Sound Cloud, Twitter, YouTube as well as other media sources to generate very nice-looking timelines. This tool can be used to create an interrelated visualization of the beginning of your company or your client’s company.

10. Present.me
This tool allows you to make presentations where you make recordings of yourself talking beside the slides you are presenting. Present.me may be a great way for individuals who work remotely to share a concept or proposal, or to document presentations you have given on your site or blog.

Brad is a keen blogger with for graphic designing focusing on pictographs. During the day he works for a flight management softwarecompany.

10 Tools To Create Infographics The Easy Way