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PiktoChart vs. Infogr.am and Visual.ly

by on March 6, 2013

For the exercise I did with Infogr.am, I related the data to the idea I had for my final project for this class. I looked at the percentage how many people in each state were diagnosed with a Serious Mental Illness from 2008-2009. I found that I enjoyed working with PiktoChart better than Infogr.am.

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I think PiktoChart gives users more options and abilities to change the design of the infographic, and I like that PiktoChart allowed me to save the completed infographic as an image to my computer. I had problems with infogr.am’s embed code when trying to put it into this blog post. I will say, infogr.am does make it easier to edit the information in the image, but I didn’t like that it lacked the ability for me to customize it very much.

For the Visual.ly infographic, I did a Twitter showdown between the New York Times and the Huffington Post.

I thought it would be interesting to see how the two matched up, and the results were pretty interesting. While the New York Times clearly has many more followers with 8 million, I thought it was interesting that the Huffington Post had double the amount of @mentions relative to tweet volume than the New York Times did. Again, like Infogr.am, Visual.ly was extremely easy to use, but I prefer the customization capabilities of PiktoChart to both of the others.

Ultimately, I think it really depends on the overall objective of the infographic whether someone should use PiktoChart, Infogr.am or Visual.ly, as each of them has pros and cons to consider. In my opinion, PiktoChart won this battle.

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