Graphic Design

In this section you will find a selection of free or low-cost tools for all your visual representations. Present your data with an interactive dashboard, create a flyer, or edit your photographs. From easy-to-use tools to more sophisticated platforms.

Infographics | Data Visualization | Photo Editing | Presentation | Additional Tools

Infographics

  • Easelly – Create professional-looking infographics for free. Using the site is as easy as dragging and dropping design elements. Users can either choose a template from the library or start from scratch.
  • Piktochart – Easy-to-use infographic maker. Free lifetime account: unlimited creations, access all icons and images, full editor functions, and download and share in original size.
  • Infogr.am – Make charts and infographics in 3 easy steps. Free Basic Plan: limited to 10 infographics, 10 uploaded images, no private sharing and no downloads or live connections.

Data Visualization

  • Tableau Public – Free service for Mac and Windows to create and share interactive charts and graphs, maps and live dashboards. Free Tableau Desktop license if you are enrolled full-time at an accredited school anywhere in the world.
  • Google Fusion Tables - Google Research’s free experimental application to visualize hundreds of thousands of rows of data using charts, maps, and graphs.
  • Datawrapper – Open source project to create graphic design-like visualizations in four simple steps, without any programming skills. Free basic plan available.
  • RAW – Free, open web tool to create custom vector-based visualizations. RAW focuses on those layouts you cannot easily create with other tools.
  • Plotly – Easy-to-use web app to create charts and dashboards online and conduct statistical analysis. Free public accounts and private accounts for $19 per month. Free private accounts for university students.
  • Timeline JS – Free, open source tool to create timelines with your chronological information.

Photo Editing

  • PicMonkey – All-in-one editor with easy-to-use, powerful tools. Use all basic features for free or upgrade to get the extras for $2.75 per month billed annually. 
  • BeFunky – Free easy-to-use photo editing and graphic design tools. No registration required.
  • Sumo paint – The free version is a great alternative to Photoshop. Regarded as the most versatile photo editor and painting application that works in a browser.
  • Pixlr – Free family of photo editing apps: editor, express, mobile, and desktop. What makes it so unique is that it offers a lot of the same features as Photoshop.
  • GIMP – Free and open source image editor with many sophisticated tools. Can be complicated to use and requires a bit of a learning curve.

Presentation

  • Prezi – Cloud-based software to create presentations that combine motion, zoom, and spatial relationships. Create a free public account or a private account starting at US$4.92 per month. Free private account for students.
  • Slides – Create, present, and share presentations with your web browser.
  • SlideShare – Share your presentation, infographic, document or videos with a targeted audience.
  • Tiny Take - A free and simple screen capture and recording tool.
  • Record It - record screencasts quickly for free.

Additional Tools

  • Canva – Create beautiful designs and documents for free with Canva’s drag-and-drop feature and professional layouts. Perfect for social media design elements.                 
  • Quick meme – Create your own memes. Choose from popular memes or use your own image.

Icons

  • IconfinderMore than 950,000 free icons. Upgrade to Iconfinder Pro starting at $9 per month.
  • Endless IconsA free icon library.

Photos

  • LibreStock – Search engine that aggregates stock photos from 43 free stock photo websites.
  • Stock Up – Search engine that aggregates stock photos from 26 free stock photo websites.
  • The Stocks – Search engine that aggregates royalty free stock photos from 19 websites.
  • PEXELS – Search engine of free stock photos that are subdivided into easy to use categories.
  • Stock Snap - Search engine that curates stock photos from around the web.
  • Pixabay - Free images that are Creative Commons licesnsed, and can be used commercially.
  • Unsplash - Free high resolution images. 10 new photos are posted every 10 days.

Word Cloud

  • Tagxedo – Turn words into a word cloud for free.
  • Wordle – Generate free word clouds from text.

Quote Maker

  • Quozio – Turn words into images for free.
  • Quotes Cover – Turn quotes texts into quote pictures for free.
  • Pablo by Buffer - Add words to free stock images.
  • Recite - An easy to use free tool that allows you to place your quotes into existing visual templates.