Why Use Infographics?

Infographics capture your audience’s attention and increase engagement. That makes them a great addition to your digital marketing strategy. 

Illustrate Data

Use charts, graphs, and other data visualizations to communicate data.

Simplify a Complex Subject

Use illustrations and visuals to make complicated subjects easier to understand. 

Compare and Contrast

Compare two or more products, services, features, brands or concepts.

Create Brand Awareness

Make it easy to spread the word with visual content that’s easy to digest and share. 

Summarize Longer Content

Repurpose long videos, blog posts and reports into shareable bites for social media.

11 Types of Infographics and When to Use Them

Not all infographics are created equal.  Different types of infographics communicate different information and work better with different platforms.

Statistical Infographics

A statistical infographic is an infographic that includes pie charts, and bar graphs. Graphic design makes it easier for readers to absorb the numbers. 

Statistical infographics go great with blog posts that include survey results and research. They're also great for sharing statistics on social media platforms. 

Blue Green and Gray Soft and Rounded Data Infographic

Informational Infographics

Informational infographics use both text and visual elements to simplify a topic.

Informational infographics are often used to summarize long blog posts and videos. They can also function as stand-alone content pieces.

Teal Blue & Yellow Plastic Free Tips Infographic

How-to or Process Infographics

A how-to infographic explains how to solve a problem or complete a task. These infographics allow you to jazz up concepts that seem dry as text alone. You can use how-to infographics to offer your product or service as a solution to your target audience’s pain points. Accompany each tip with a visual then add numbered labels to guide readers through the steps.

Cream & Brown Illustrated How To Make Infographic

Timeline Infographics

A timeline infographic is an infographic that displays events in chronological order. Here are some ways you can use a timeline infographic:

  • Show the history of a person or item
  • Explain the evolution of a product or trend 
  • Demonstrate how a practice has evolved over time

When you create this type of infographic, use icons and illustrations at each point of the timeline to help readers understand the facts. 

Volleyball History Timeline Infographic

Anatomical Infographics

Anatomical infographics aren’t just for biology class. This type of infographic can visually break down the parts of just about anything. You can use it to label product parts, ingredients, and even personality traits. 

Minimalist Circles Mind Map

Hierarchical Infographics

Hierarchical infographics display information in order of importance or difficulty. They usually look like a pyramid.

 The Reverse Brand Pyramid Business Graph

List Infographics

A list infographic is full of both written copy and eye-catching visuals. This type of infographic can break up large blocks of text in longform content. They also make the information more shareable on social media platforms. To make your list infographic visually pop, use an icon for each item and break it up with a zigzag format. 

Green Orange Creative Tips Choose Destination Infographic

Comparison Infographics

A comparison infographic is a visual way to compare and contrast different options. This type of infographic helps readers weigh the pros and cons of different options. You can use them to compare your product or service to your competitors or to compare different products in your catalog to each other. 

Red and Violet Fiction vs Non-Fiction Long Infographic

Location-Based Infographics

A location infographic is usually presented in the form of a map, whether it’s a world map or a map depicting a specific country or region. Map infographics can communicate demographic data or other location-specific information. 

Grey Modern Business World Map infographic Graph

Visual Resume Infographics

If you want your resume to stand out against a pile of plain Word docs, a visual resume infographic just might do the trick. Infographic resumes use graphic design elements to illustrate skills, interests, experiences and more.

Beige Elegant Fashion Designer Resume

Flowchart Infographics

A flowchart often asks people yes or no questions and then points them to the next step based on their responses.

This type of infographic is great for boosting engagement because it gives users a very clear idea of the process. Individually guiding a reader through a process gives readers something to connect with. It can also lead them to the conclusion that your product or service can solve their problem. Flowchart infographics are also great for internal use. A flowchart could explain how to use company tools or troubleshoot common problems. 

Pink Modern Abstract Business Flowchart Graph

How to Make Your Infographics Stand Out

Be Original and Creative

Your infographics won’t get noticed and shared if they look like everyone else’s. Before you create an infographic, research topics that will appeal to your audience and relevant questions they may have. Then, see if there are comparable existing infographics. Learn from what they do well and think of ways you can differentiate yourself fro the rest of the pack. 

Know Your Audience

Content marketing, and any marketing really, is all about understanding your target audience. The answers to these questions will help you create infographics that will resonate with them: 

  • What topics do they like? 
  • What type of design will appeal to them? 
  • Do they respond better to a formal or casual tone? 
  • What social media platforms do they use the most?

Use Appealing Colors and Fonts

Color schemes and fonts don’t just look pretty or ugly. They can convey brand personality and evoke emotional responses just like words alone. Be sure the ones you pick are consistent with your brand voice and the reactions you hope to inspire in your target audience. 

Illustrate Text with Icons and Graphics

When it comes to infographics, you want as little text and as many graphics as possible without making them incoherent. If your infographic is too text-heavy, find some text to replace with icons and graphics.

Establish Visual Hierarchy

Organize information in your design in order of importance so the readers instinctively know what to read next. This also gives your infographic design a cleaner, more professional look. 

Make it Interactive

If it works for the format you’re planning to use it for, consider making your infographics more than still images. You can add animations, clickable links, buttons, and more to your infographics with tools like Canva and Visme. 

How Sav Can Help

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Luca Harsh

Luca Harsh

Luca Harsh is an in-house content writer for Sav. They live in Chicago with their cat, Polly. Yes, Harsh is their real last name.