5 Ideas for Easy DIY Canva Infographics (+ Templates!)
Want to Create DIY Canva Infographics quickly and easily? With Canva infographic templates it’s easier than ever to create an infographic. In this post, I share tips easy infographic ideas and tips for editing infographics using Canva templates (even if you are a non-designer). It’s easier than you think! BY DONNA MORITZ | PUBLISHED 13 … Continued
Want to Create DIY Canva Infographics quickly and easily? With Canva infographic templates it’s easier than ever to create an infographic.
In this post, I share tips easy infographic ideas and tips for editing infographics using Canva templates (even if you are a non-designer). It’s easier than you think!
BY DONNA MORITZ | PUBLISHED 13 SEPTEMBER, 2021
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So why infographics? They get noticed and they get shared! But let me tell you why I’ve loved infographics for the past 10 years:
Why I love Infographics
Early on in my business, I became known for some of the infographics my team created for major blogs around the globe, many of which got tens of thousands (sometimes hundreds of thousands) of shares and re-blogs on other websites. From solo-bloggers to big sites like Entrepreneur, it was quite a process of storyboarding, copywriting, working with my illustrator and many (many) revisions.
But they sure did bring a lot of traffic! Here are some of our early infographics, just for fun and laughs (and no, they don’t need to be this long anymore!).
Below you will see why I think the way in which we create infographics has changed massively. For a while there, infographics were as detailed (and as long) as the examples above. It’s funny to think about how “super long” they were, 8-10 years ago. But they also attracted great reward in terms of traffic!.
However, generally this type of content was out of reach for most business owners and bloggers unless they worked with a designer. Until DIY tools came along… and Canva Infographics!
Many people think of infographics as data-heavy pie charts made pretty. They can be so much that that. Yes, data is important and they can be a great way to share information in a visual way. But you can also use them to teach processes, educate or give information about a topic.
Here are 3 things to know:
Infographics don’t have to be super long. Guilty as charged, as that’s how we “used” to do them. But Pinterest doesn’t really “love” super long infographics anymore (hint: this is why I am sharing Canva Infographics in this post, as they have the perfect template size to get started).
Infographics can be anything you want them to be – as long as you have some visual representation of your concept or idea, you can use them to share just about anything.
Infographics don’t need to be packed with information. Don’t include everything and the kitchen sink. Make them helpful, make them useful as a stand alone piece of content, but also encourage us to click through and read more on your blog post or website.
So, let’s jump in and take a look at some of the ideas for creating infographics and some Canva Infographics to get you started.
I’ve chosen 5 different types of infographics that have been created (by me) with non-designers in mind. Each of them was designed to make it as easy as possible for you to edit them for your own business. Try these tips:
Switch out the titles and copy/words – but try to keep it to the same length of text.
Switch out the colors – but only use the same number of colors and replace “same for same”.
Switch out the images or photos – but use similar style of images or photos.
For more information about how to edit templates like a boss (and avoid making mistakes), check out this post.
Let’s take a look at the 5 different types of Canva Infographics that make it easy for you to create your own awesome visual assets using Canva Infographic templates:
1. Simple Changes Infographic
This is an easy to edit “block” style infographic that focuses on “simple changes”. This infographic can be changed up to focus on other types of “simple switches” such as:
Simple changes or switches to your diet/nutrition
Simple changes or switches to your self care
Simple changes or switches to your business (focusing on your industry or niche).
Hot Tip using Canva Infographics: in Canva, search for replacement icons or illustrations under the category you need. For example, type “illustrated food” or “self-care + illustration” into the elements tab. There are literally thousands of illustrated icons in Canva from very talented designers and illustrators (accessible on both the free and Pro version of Canva).
2. Fun Facts Infographic
This easy, fun, casual infographic can be changed up to focus on other types of fun facts that your audience might be interested in. It lends itself to adding data and graphs too. Switch it to:
Fun Facts about Business (the history of your company, or the history of your “industry”)
Fun Facts about a particular item, from inventions to food to your product. Showcase it!
Fun Facts about a person or place. Share facts that will interest your audience.
Hot Tip using Canva Infographics: This infographic also lends itself well to using illustrated icons or charts in Canva. Search in the elements tab for “icons” or even “charts” and “infographics” to find elements to switch out. Try to use similar “styled” icons. As you can see above, most of the icons I have used are 1-2 colors so that I can keep a uniform brown or brown and white set of icons.
Extra Tip: Scroll down to see how I changed up this infographic at the end of the post to a completely different design!
3. How-to Infographic
This is a more formal style infographic that works well for a charity or not-for-profit but can be changed up to focus on other types of how-to or “tips” content. Switch it to:
How-to or Tips about a challenge in your industry (something your business helps with)
How-to or Tips about a particular process – this can be changed to “5 steps” vs “5 ways”.
How-to or Tips about anything that you can visually show with photos.
Hot Tip using Canva Infographics: As long as you have some photos or visuals in mind, this Canva infographic template can be switched up to just about anything. Just remember to ensure that you keep your copy to a similar length to what is on the infographic, so that the balance of the design is kept in place.
For example, if your copy has 3 lines of text, stick to 3 lines of text covering a similar area of space. Have your copy and photos ready before you start, and you’ll find it is relatively quick to edit.
4. Photo Showcase Infographic
Photo-centric Infographics or Photo Showcase infographics have always been one of my favorite styles because they allow you to completely and quickly transform the design, just by switching out the images. They are super fast to edit and always look stunning. Switch it to:
5 top local businesses or cafes or any business that you want to showcase.
5 locations paired with stunning images of those locations.
5 tips for your industry – as long as you can find images to illustrate your point.
Hot Tip using Canva Infographics: This infographic can be changed to any color or series of photos. Note that it’s deliberately simple with just one main background color, so it can be changed in a click. The photos could be replaced with videos if you wanted to create a Canva video pin. I’ve created a shorter Pinterest Video Pin version here. It’s a simple drag and drop to switch out the photos or video.
5. Ingredient Infographic
I know this says “ingredient infographic” and I know it’s a foodie infographic about chilies, but it doesn’t have to be food related. You can use this infographic to feature any item, object, ingredient or feature that you like:
Switch it to any other type of food ingredient or element that you want to showcase.
Switch it to another object or tool that you wish to showcase.
Switch it to tips about your new product or launch!
Hot Tip using Canva Infographics: Obviously this infographic doesn’t have to be about food and it doesn’t even have to be feature a long, thin image like the chili. But you may want to consider trying the following:
Use it to showcase a topic or image of a similar shape and size.
If the featured “thing” is not tall and skinny, move the text to accommodate the size of the image. You can rearrange the guidelines to point towards it, leaving similar space around it.
Keep your text at least as short as the blurbs you see on the infographic above. This way, you can easily switch out the copy without impacting on the overall design effect.
Now for that example that I promised you. Here’s a simple switch:
An example of how to switch out Canva Infographics
How I switched up this Canva Infographic Template:
Color – I chose one main background color (mint green) to replace the coffee color. I also restricted the new design to 2-3 icon colors, as per the original. Any colors that were brown on the Coffee Infographic remained brown on the Boba Tea Infographic. Then I switched the caramel color from the icons on the left, to a pale purple on the right.
Icons and Illustrations – I searched in Canva for illustrations of a similar style and replaced them in a similar way, keeping the theme of simple illustrated icons.
Text and Copy – when switching up the copy I made sure to stick to almost identical text length as the original infographic. This not only kept the layout of the design, but also meant that the new copy/text remained succinct.
I hope this shows you how easy it is to use templates to create Canva Infographics. Remember, if you don’t have a Canva Pro account you can still access the templates on a free trial here:
Canva Infographic Templates + 45 Days free on Canva Pro
Get started by using the Canva infographic templates in this post (free for Canva Pro users). Canva Pro gives you access to thousands of videos, elements, photos and templates from a whole range of Canva Creators and designson the Canva Marketplace (including mine). Try it free for 45 days on this link:
Ready to create Canva Infographics?
What type of infographic will you create? Whether it’s Canva Infographics or graphics made using another tool, Infographics can be powerful pieces of content. You can even commission a designer to create something really unique.
Remember, infographics can be long term assets that send traffic to your website for weeks, months and years to come, so get started with these templates!
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Donna is a Visual Content Strategist and founder of Socially Sorted, listed by Forbes as a “Top 5 Social Media Blog You Need to Know About in 2019”. Donna helps brands leverage the power of visual storytelling and content strategy in their business. Her content has been featured in publications such as Forbes and Entrepreneur Online and she is a contributor to Social Media Examiner. Donna speaks about digital and visual content for the marketing and tourism industries internationally.