Harrison Weber is TNW's Features Editor in NYC. Part writer, part designer. Stay in touch: Twitter @harrisonweber, Google+ and Email. Harrison Weber is TNW's Features Editor in NYC. Part writer, part designer. Stay in touch: Twitter @harrisonweber, Google+ and Email.
Competing with services like Visual.ly, Infogr.am calls itself the “world’s most popular infographic creator.” Since debuting in February 2012 to help anyone quickly create infographics with pre-designed themes, Infogr.am is now launching version 1.0 at TNW Conference Europe 2013 with new “pro” features: downloadable infographics, privacy controls and additional themes.
Infogr.am says its users have made nearly 700,000 infographics, adding more than 100,000 every month. The startup claims there “are now more infographics produced in Infogr.am every month than during the entire history of mankind.”
We’re not convinced this milestone is accurate — Visual.ly alone claims 32,000 designers and 145,000 users. In any event, these are strong numbers.
If the term “infographic” makes you sick to your stomach, that’s likely because of the recent infographic burn out. As we’ve said, the number of poor designs, empty stats, biased and sketchy sources out there are enough to make any design-conscious person cringe, but that’s because infographics aren’t any different from any other sort of design; there’s good and bad work out there, and the latter always outweighs the former. In other words, the average website isn’t going to be beautiful or useful, but that doesn’t mean the gems aren’t worth it.
Now, it appears that Infogr.am is in an interesting position, attempting to make infographics both accessible to everyone and beautiful at the same time.
With version 1.0, Infogr.am is looking to reinvent its brand, and now allows users to save their designs in PDF or PNG formats for sharing over email, adding to presentations and printing. Users can also share infographics with a private link or protect them with a password.
These exporting and privacy additions are pro features, costing $18 per month, but anyone that signs up before April 30 will get a free month. Check it out for yourself via the link below.
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