Are there online resources that will let an amateur make slick, professional infographics, graphs, charts or images+text? Or communities of designers that do quick, topical visualization challenges? Further details inside.
For infographics, there is Visual.ly,
but they haven't released tools to actually create infographics yet. Vizualize.me
takes a LinkedIn resume and turns it into a visual representation - that's more along the lines of what I'm looking for. (without it being resume-focused)
For charts and graphs there is Google's Public Data Explorer
and IBM's Many Eyes
. There's also Hohli
. Are any of these good for the non-specialist? Are there any services, on this list or not, that are particularly good?
For image+text, I'm looking for something sort of like a meme generator, but with more variability in terms of where the text is placed and the font. I want users to be able to upload a picture of, say, Andrew Jackson, and then add a quote of his in a font other than Impact. Hosting and sharing capabilities for the resultant images would be a nice bonus.
I know that not paying designers to design is bad form, but are there any sites where designers take on challenges for making infographics, etc.? It would be something like the Photoshop competitions on Fark, or even the more kindhearted ones on Reddit, but with a more serious or political tone.
Thanks, hive mind!