Generate Your Own Charts

Information Graphics predate the Internet by centuries (witness this fascinating diagram designed by Charles Joseph Minard), but the last few years has seen a radical democratisation of this kind of information presentation. With millions of bloggers, news services and social media sharers presenting data of all kinds in visual forms, several start-ups have responded to the demand with online tools for massaging such data. Infogram gives users many templates to choose from, to which they can then add data, customise to their own requirements, and publish to the web. does something similar, with the mission statement of "telling stories with data". Students, bloggers and marketers can all use these new tools, and if they heed the sage advice of Edward Tufte, guru of rational information presentation and famed disdainer of all things Powerpoint.