Ultimate Infographic Resource Kits For Designers
To create a full infographic requires a lot of research and time. You have to expend the effort of crawling through Google to locate crucial bits of information and statistics. But there is also a large visual component based around gradients, buttons, vectors, icons, and other graphics.
I have put together a collection of resources which should prove useful to infographics designers. There is a growing steady flow of requests for infographics when you consider how saturated the market has already become. More blogs and websites are publishing fancy infographics and the trend is not slowing down!
Why not try your hand at creating one with the help of some free resources? As a reminder, do click in the links to get to the download source or for more information.
Recommended Reading: 30 Templates & Vector Kits To Design Your Own Infographic
Full GUI Kits
These PSD/AI kits are some of the most helpful when you are just getting started. The majority of these GUI kits are modeled around a specific infographic UI, which includes charts and text and other graphics. If you are unsure of where to start I would recommend picking up a GUI kit and playing around with various elements.
Between all these various GUI kits you will find both vector shapes and PSD graphics. Presentation is the biggest condition when building an infographic image. A very otherwise plain-looking infographic defeats the purpose of using colorful graphics & banners in the first place!
These detailed kits may be downloaded from a number of various resources online. See if any of these graphics can match up nicely with your own interests.
Adobe Illustrator is the most common editing tool for vectors. However Photoshop and a few other image editing tools also allow for playing with vector graphics. These icons and layouts are easy to scale larger or smaller since the shapes do not lose quality.
Each of the vector sets includes really helpful scalable graphics like icons, pie charts, display sliders, speech bubbles, process forms, and plenty of other related goodies. It isn’t worth trying to squeeze a majority of these into your infographic. It will take up a lot of time and might not look so good by the time you are finished.
Instead you should plan out the idea for your infographic along with the pieces of information which should be included. Then you can more accurately find vector elements which compliment the design and present understandable concepts to your readers.
Aside from eye-grabbing icons you also need to present data in an easy-to-digest format. Some graphics designers prefer to use flat design trends so the elements are not distracting from the main content. But others like the visualization of a 3-D landscape with bar graphs, line charts, and other similar features. The end goal is really up to you but there are a number of resources to help with this process.
Check out these data visualization freebies which can definitely steer you in the right direction. Between all of these freebies you can find a matching display format to work with nearly any type of data. Historical dates, prices, growth over time, the possibilities are nearly endless if you keep your imagination open.
Infographics will not just require typical data visualization techniques. There are other common graphics you can use like badges, stickers, and buttons to showcase smaller tidbits of information. Think about other alternatives like progress steps in a web form.
The beauty of creating an infographic is that you can bend the rules to include almost any element, as long as it fits well within the whole design. Digital interfaces are fickle but easy to manipulate in the right context.
Some of these features may be too complex or unnecessary for your projects. This is especially true if you are just beginning in the world of infographics, however these interfaces might also spark a creative idea which you can build using any of these templates. Keep your thoughts open about other interface ideas because there are so many unique ways to present data.
Graphics & Icon Sets
What would any infographic be without the cute sideline graphics? Although admittedly not as important as the main content, graphics are an integral part of the infographic culture. Designing an image to catch people’s attention and bringing facts to light about more obscure topics are at the heart of infographics. There are a number of free icons to be found all around the Internet, but I feel these icons can be most properly utilized within the realm of infographic design.
Having some graphics design skills will certainly aid in the process of designing an infographic. Not only do you need to handle research on a particular topic, but also the layout and presentation of this information. The most insightful infographics will capitalize on white space along with related imagery to get their point across. I do hope these free graphics will get you started along the path to building some of the best infographics you can imagine.
Author: Jake Rocheleau
Jake is a user experience designer for both web and mobile platforms. Having over 4 years of freelance projects under his belt, he frequently writes articles on topics of modern design trends and social media. You can check out some of his work on Dribbble or follow his tweets @jakerocheleau.