You don’t need to be a seasoned data scientist or have a degree in graphic design in order to create incredible data visualisations.
It has become a lot simpler to mine your data and interpret your insights in an engaging, attractive, and most importantly easy to understand way.
This is a list of various different free and premium tools and platforms available which will allow you to communicate data in a variety of different formats, from interactive charts, to infographics, to maps, to word clouds.
Not all will be suitable for your particular data set or your audience, but its certainly worth experimenting with a few to seek out the most relevant.
Hopefully you’ll not only learn some new skills and find some new creative tools, but also learn something about your own data.
At Infogr.am you can create interactive, embeddable infographics using more than 30 charts and six themes.
Google’s Fusion Tables is a data management app that allows you to produce detailed charts, graphs or maps fairly quickly. You can also make them collaborative and use public or your own uploaded data. The Guardian uses this tool if you need an extra recommendation.
Piktochart has loads of great free and premium templates for infographics, reports, banners and presentations. They’re an attractive and easy to use bunch, in fact we’ve used this tool ourselves.
Created by Simile, Timeline allows you create, simple interactive timelines, which you can scroll or drag horizontally.
Tagxedo is a simple to use word cloud generator. Words are individually sized appropriately to highlight the frequencies of occurrence within any body of text.
Easel.ly is a very simple to use infographic creator with hundreds of templates, or you can just start from a blank slate if you prefer.
Creately allows real-time diagram collaboration, using more than 50 types of diagrams with thousands of examples and shape libraries available.
Sisense allows you to join data from various sources, uncover insights using rich data visualisations and share.
Nuvi is a premium social media visualisation platform that allows you to create real-time visualisations, monitor topics or keywords and build custom reports.
Bime is a premium data and dashboard cloud platform with an eye on stylish cross-device design.
Color Brewer developed by Penn State, is a tool for choosing map colours to ensure distinguishability between specific areas.
iCharts is a cloud-based visual analytics platform, its charts are easily embeddable, shareable and quick to rustle up.
Better World Flux
Using Better World Flux can track the progress of countries using various social, economic and political indicators, and find important trends and patterns.
Visual.ly has a “push-button approach to infographics and data visualization that doesn’t require a degree in statistics or a stint in art school.”
For more on data visualisation from the blog, check out 10 data-visualisations that prove information is beautiful