20 great infographics and how to get the look

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Unless you’re a billionaire checking your bank balance, facts and figures generally aren’t all that appealing to look at. Whether you’re teaching a class, writing an educational blog post or giving a presentation, communicating factual information without putting your audience to sleep can be tough. That’s where infographics come in! Using elements like icons, graphs and charts, infographics allow you to visually communicate your key points in an eye-catching and digestible way.

Canva’s free design tools make it easy to create memorable and striking infographics. Ready to make your own? Check out these 20 great infographics for design inspiration.

01. Experiment with graphics

While this infographic is relatively simple, it adds visual interest through the use of shapes, frames and horizontal lines. You can customize the template by adding your own images or facts or create your own from scratch using elements from Canva’s library.

02. Visualize numbers

Using icons, pie charts and bar graphs to visually represent statistics often makes more of an impact than simply including numbers in your infographics. Canva makes it easy to add graphs with its new Charts feature. This feature allows you to customize charts and graphs with your own information.

03. Get creative with timelines

This infographic communicates the positive effects of quitting smoking in a creative and memorable way by incorporating the image of the cigarette into the timeline. You can customize this template by replacing the images and icons with others from Canva’s media library, or your own.

04. Create a flowchart

Flowchart infographics are a fantastic way to illustrate the various steps in a process and how they relate to each other. This one uses a simple white line and icons to make it easy to follow. To make it your own, swap out the icons with your own and add or delete steps as needed.

05. Make a mixed chart infographic

This is when you combine elements like pie graphs, bar charts and icons. Mixed chart infographics are great for when you need to illustrate various different points without boring the reader. Simply swap out the stats and icons with your own.

06. Use alternating colors

While this infographic presents information in chunks of texts, it keeps it interesting by using an alternating color scheme of complementary shades. You can learn more about flattering color palettes here.

07. Create comparison charts

Comparison chart infographics are brilliant for when you want to compare the benefits of your business or product with a competitor. Here, the layout consists of two columns divided by a black border, contrasted with a white headline. You can easily customize the chart with your own information, or use lines and icons to create your own from scratch.

08. Connect the dots

A dotted line makes a simple step-by-step infographic far more interesting to look at. Canva’s element library has dozens of different types of lines you can use to put your own unique stamp on your infographic.

09. Use icons to illustrate your points

This cute infographic uses food-related icons to visually represent facts and figures—making them more digestible for readers. With hundreds of free icons available in Canva’s library, you can modify this template with ones that compliment your subject matter.

10. Add a gradient

This graphic uses pastel and cream gradients to create eye-catching shapes within the infographic and make the text more readable. You can personalize this template to your own tastes by changing the colors, images and text.

11. Use photos

While icons are common in infographics, sometimes you can’t go past high-quality images to catch the reader’s eye and illustrate your point. You can add your own photos to this template, or pick from Canva’s library of free stock images.

12. Create a visual resume

Applying for a new job? Stand out from the pack by taking inspiration from this modern infographic resume. Charts, graphs and icons can be used to visually represent your skills, strengths and achievements. You can easily customize this template with your own fonts, colors and information, and add in additional icons from Canva’s library where needed.

13. Keep it simple

Sometimes, less is more. This infographic uses a clean layout, simple color scheme and bold typography to communicate complex information in a straightforward way. You can edit this template with your own information, or simply use it as inspiration for your next project.

14. Create an anatomical chart

This creative infographic uses the icon of the sunflower to represent the growth cycle of flowers. The template can be modified with your own information to make tricky processes easy to understand.

15. Stick to a theme

From the retro icons to the pixel font, this infographic uses a consistent video game theme to appeal to its target audience. You can choose from Canva’s extensive library of fonts, icons and other graphics to create a harmonious theme for your infographic.

16. Incorporate a map

For location-based infographics, maps are a great way to add context and make your layout more visually appealing. You can choose a map that fits the location you are writing about from Canva’s library.

17. Use an alternating layout

This sleek infographic plays with chunks of texts with relevant images to break up the information and make it more visually appealing. This template could be used for just about any subject matter— just customize with your own images, fonts, colors and information.

18. Create a step-by-step guide

Instructional infographics are a powerful tool for business owners, as they allow you to create a step-by-step guide to the purchase process—helping earn potential customers’ trust. This one uses lines, icons and a simple color scheme to illustrate the steps.

19. Break it up

This striking infographic uses lines and images to break up its key points, making the information more digestible and keeping the reader’s attention for longer. You can personalize this template with your own text, lines and images from Canva’s vast library.

20. Play with shapes

It’s hard to ignore this bold infographic! While it sticks to a monochrome color scheme, it makes great use of shapes to encapsulate the comic book theme and catch the reader’s eye. You can edit this template to make it your own or use the shapes in Canva’s element library to replicate a similar infographic.