Last week we told you about easel.ly for creating beautiful infographics in your browser, but we had a few gripes — it didn’t let you manipulate data or change color schemes, two things that are vital to custom infographics. Infogr.am, also a tool in beta, lets you do both of those things and more — perfect for a journalist, blogger or social media editor on a deadline.
The tool is dead simple, and with preset fonts, colors and templates, it’s hard to make something that doesn’t look great. See my quick example below (which, by the way, doesn’t display real data on Twitter followers).
Infogr.am has a drag and drop interface that lets you slide elements — charts, quotes, titles, text, images — onto a canvas. They currently have three themes for you to choose from.
The editor view for creating charts lets you manipulate data through a spreadsheet. You can also import your own data as an excel or CSV file. You can create line charts, bar charts, pie charts and matrixes.
You can also upload your own elements like logos and icons if you want to spice it up or add something unique.
And, even better than generating a static graphic, infogr.am generates embed code that you can plop into your blog, which makes your infographic interactive (information hovers over data points), and gives the option of allowing others to also embed the graphic on their blogs. See more examples of how infogr.am is being used.
Know of any other visual storytelling tools that we haven’t written about? Let us know in the comments.