Enrich Your Data With These Free Visualization Tools

Living on a college budget has conditioned me to always keep an eye out for anything free that will help me accomplish my goals. Well, data visualization is a specialty of mine, so I’ve pulled together a list of free data visualization tools with a wide variety of uses and applications.

Every tool reviewed in this post came from Annie Cushing’s Must-Have Tools Google doc under the Data Visualization tab. The Google doc has fourteen tabs of amazing tools covering all the bases of internet marketing, so definitely check it out.

Creately

Creately is an organizational tool that allows users to easily create flowcharts, mind maps, Unified Modeling Language diagrams, database models, and mockups.

Free Features:

  • Drag and drop interface
  • PDF, JPG, or PNG exports
  • Five public diagrams
  • Search engine exposure
  • Ability to securely embed diagrams in webpages
  • Real-time collaboration for 3 members
  • Online only

Upgrade Features:

  • Unlimited private and public diagrams
  • Real-time collaboration for an unlimited amount of members
  • XML exports
  • Project sharing with clients and coworkers
  • User management on projects
  • Online tool and/or desktop application

An example of a wireless network diagram made with Creately’s software:

creately

Price: Free with uprade option

Infogr.am

Infogr.am is an online tool that allows you to create your own infographics.

Free Features:

  • Six infographic templates
  • Ability to add photos, video, charts, text, and maps to the infographic
  • Your own Infogr.am library
  • Social media sharing buttons that you can add directly to the infographic

Pro Features ($18/month):

  • 10 infographic templates
  • PDF or PNG downloads
  • Private URLs for sharing
  • Password protection

Infogr.am infographic examples:

Languages Infographic

Languages Infographic

World Survey Infographic

worldsurvey2

The Infogr.am interface:

infogram

Price: Free with upgrade option

Pixlr

Pixlr is an online photo editor that allows you to create your own charts, infographics, and images for free.

Features:

  • Online tool, no downloading necessary
  • Ability to save created images as a JPEG, PNG, BMP, TIFF or PXD (layered Pixlr image) to your computer, Flickr, Picasa, Facebook or your own Pixlr library online, if you create an account
  • All the basic functionalities of Photoshop

This is also a great tool to have at your disposal for those times that you need a photo editor but aren’t at your usual work station and don’t want to use Paint. (Eww.)

The Pixlr interface:

Pixlr

Price: Free

Many Eyes

Many Eyes is an online data visualizer and chart maker tool.

Features:

  • 22 data visualization types to choose from
  • Ability to upload XML data or free text to create visualizations
  • Ability to create interactive HTML data visualizations you can embed in your website
  • Embed codes or as a static image option you can share via email, Facebook, or Twitter

Important: You have to publish the visualization to download it, and all data entered into Many Eyes is publicly viewable, so don’t put confidential company info into it.

Many Eyes data visualization examples:

moviegenres

titanic

Price: Free

Wordle

Word clouds are all the rage but can be really useful to marketers. There are so many applications we can use as marketers, such as visualizing all the title tags of our website (or a competitor’s!), anchor tags (from inbound OR internal links), URLs, ranking keywords from a source like SEMRush or Keyword Spy, etc. Wordle makes that pretty easy and has a surprising number of customizable options for a free tool.

Features:

  • Allows you to create a word cloud from a sample of text or the URL of any blog, blog feed, or any other web page that has an Atom or RSS feed
  • Generates a random word cloud from your text with options to customize the language, font, layout and colors used
  • Advanced option allows you to assign weight and hexadecimal colors to words that you would like emphasized
  • Option to either print your word cloud or publish it publicly and receive an embed code to put the word cloud on a webpage
  • Ability to maintain phrases by replacing spaces between words you want to keep together with a tilde character (useful for mapping actual keyword phrases and not just individual words)

Here’s a word cloud I created from the United States’ Constitution:

wordle

Price: Free

What data visualization tools are you using?

About Destinee Cushing

Destinee is a Data Diva at AuthorityLabs. She dresses data up, makes it pretty, and ready for the big stage.

Comments

  1. Great article Destinee.

    I’m using two that I really think are phenomenal. One is Nod3x and the other is Circle Count. Both are primarily used to show visually information from Google+, but Nod3x also has paid solutions for Twitter, Facebook, News, YouTube and probably a few more places that even I don’t have access to.

    Visual representation is so much more intuitive than spreadsheet data (although I am a number nerd and I love looking at pivot tables)

    • Destinee Cushing says:

      Thank you, Jim! Those seem like awesome tools, thanks for the recommendations.

      Data visualization is really so important in making data actionable. I’m a total data geek and a programmer, but that doesn’t mean I like looking at nasty data dumps.

  2. Very nice job! Great resources in a well-organized format. <3

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  4. Emory Rowland says:

    Thanks for the post, Destinee. I just tried that Instagr.am and it works pretty smoothly!

  5. Jolicharts says:

    Hi Destinee!! Thanks for this great list!!

    You should also take look at Jolicharts.com. It’s a really great online tool to create interactive charts and dashboard from your files (Excel, CSV) or even database.

    You can create multiple dashboards even with a “Forever Free” account, share your work with other people on the same dashboard, publish it :

    - Connect your data or spreadsheets,
    - Design Charts & Dashboards with collaboration possibilities
    - Share, Publish charts or dashboard, in one click.
    - Embed the dashboards in all our apps, website.
    - Apply information filters depending on the viewer.

    Do not hesitate to go and see by yourself!

    https://jolicharts.com/

    Regards,

    • Destinee Cushing says:

      Thank you for the recommendation! That really looks like an amazing tool. I submitted it to Annie Cushing’s Google Doc to see if she’ll add it too. :)