Infographic designers have some basic tools — from design software to online sites and services — that help them create effective infographics. Here are some basic needs for any infographic design toolbox.

Professional designers need to invest in one or both of the big guns in infographic design: Adobe Illustrator or Adobe Photoshop.

If just beginning to test the infographic waters, a designer should take advantage of a few free or low-cost options. Infographics can be created easily and effectively with:

  • Microsoft’s PowerPoint or Publisher

  • An infographic design-and-share site, such as

  • A drag-and-drop site that uses preset visual themes, such as

  • Tableau Public uses drag-and-drop technology to help you build infographics, which are then placed online for public viewing and commentary.

When working with a client, always ask to see what resources they are willing to share or lend you. This can include expensive software or something as seemingly small as a family of fonts.