Create An Impressive-Looking Infogram In Minutes

You can't have failed to notice that the web is currently awash with Infograms.  Simple charts or other illustrations that are used to convey complex or shocking facts in a catchy way.  The amount that the world spends on defence, perhaps, when compared with how much each citizen donates to charitable causes.  Or the amount of trash thrown away, in comparison to the number of burger joints on each street.

Collecting the relevant information for your own infogram is relatively easy.  It's probably something you already know about, or might have read.  But how do you turn that data into a neat-looking graphic if you don't have the right design skills?

Easy.  Point your web browser at and sign up for a new service that aims to help you do just that.  Choose from a selection of templates on offer, enter your data in the spaces provided, and you're done.  I put together the example below in about 3 minutes flat.

Give it a try.  The results are excellent and the system is, for the moment at least, free to use. You'll need to sign in with an existing Twitter or Facebook account, though, so you won't be able to use the service unless you have at least one of those.  Assuming you do, you can post your finished infogram to one of those sites, or just download it for your own personal use.




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by pvilan (not verified) on 6. June 2012 - 2:43  (94469)

"You'll need to sign in with an existing Twitter or Facebook account"

What do you think is the purpose of this (increasing) use of this restriction to sign up for a free account?



by rob.schifreen on 6. June 2012 - 20:16  (94508)

If you're creating a new web-based system, one of the hardest (and, frankly, the most boring) bits is to create the authentication system. Making people choose a password, keeping a secure database of all those passwords, handling lost passwords, and ensuring login security. As a programmer, it's much easier and quicker to let Facebook or Twitter do it all for you. You just pass the user to Facebook or Twitter to log in, and the site sends you back a flag to indicate whether they logged in correctly.

The appeal to programmers is obvious. And with so few people not having either a Twitter or Facebook account, it does make sense. Plus, it saves users having to worry about signing up with a company they've never heard of, or having to remember yet another password.

Plus, for Facebook and Twitter, being regarded as a third-party security provider is another string to their bow, over and above their core business, from which they may be able to make money in the future.

Sorry. If you thought it was all designed to annoy you, you're wrong!

by Ramblist (not verified) on 7. June 2012 - 23:15  (94547)

Hi Rob,
I don't know if this is true, but does it also give the creator of new web based systems/users of the Facebook and Twitter authentication services access to other personal details/demographic data of the potential users?

by Kell (not verified) on 6. June 2012 - 13:43  (94494)

I dunno, but it bothers me too. Keeps me away from a lot of websites and giveaways.

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