Don’t you hate feeling like you have forgotten something?
Or even worse…realizing you have forgotten something when it’s already too late.
A lot of us live busy lives. Sometimes, it’s easy to forget things, even if they’re important. So how can you keep important information, tasks, and steps top-of-mind?
List infographics are perfect for summarizing information and keeping important points top of mind. They’re perfect for sending to clients, stakeholders, team member and students. Basically, anyone who you need to communicate information with in an engaging way.
While people are more likely to skim a regular point form list, a list infographic is more likely to grab their attention.
As far as infographics go, list infographics are one of the most straightforward types to create. Even if you don’t have any design experience, you can create your own attention-grabbing infographic. All you need to start is a checklist infographic template.
Here are 7 list infographic templates, free and easy to use!
1. Use icons as bullet points.
Normal bullet points are functional, but kind of boring. Icons illustrate concepts in one small, simple graphic. They can also be used to draw attention to specific points on an infographic.
Pick icons that reflect the theme of the point they’re attached to. For example, if you’re listing objects, use icons that illustrate those objects. Or if you’re listing tasks to be done, look for icons that represent those tasks.
Here’s a simple checklist infographic template that uses icons as bullet points:
2. Alternate between different colors.
Divide your infographic into sections for each point and use a different color for each section. Colors can make specific information pop. Look for colors that complement each other, like blue and orange or purple and yellow. If you don’t want your color scheme to be too bold, you could simply alternate between shades of a color.
This infographic template uses bold colors to make each point stand out individually.
3. Focus on a few key topics.
If you want to really drive home a few key points from a report, process, presentation, or lesson, an infographic works perfectly. Pull the most important points and visualize them using icons and illustrations.
This infographic divides tips into categories, with actionable headers.
4. Follow an zigzag pattern.
One of the benefits of using a list infographic instead of regular text list is that you can get creative with how you organize information. If you want, you can ditch the straight, left-aligned format altogether.
A zigzag pattern guides the reader’s eyes back and forth across your infographic. The result is a creative design that plays with the reader’s expectations.
Here is an example of a list infographic that follows a zigzag pattern:
5. Follow a circular order.
If the points in your list don’t need to follow a particular order, you can play around with the placement of your points. You may also want to do this if you don’t want your points to have a particular hierarchy, since points at the top of a list are often perceived as the most important.
Arranging your points in a circle around the central topic makes the points appear more equal.
This infographic template arranges the points around the central topic:
6. Use visual cues to guide readers.
Visual cues are indicators that points the reader’s eyes in a certain direction, like arrows and lines. If you want your readers to follow a certain path when reading your infographic, visual cues can help keep them on track.
Even if the particular order of the points in your list isn’t important, visual cues like arrows can help keep readers moving on from one point to the next.
This infographic uses arrows to keep the flow of information going, from the beginning of the infographic to the end.
7. Optimize your list infographic for PowerPoint.
People often use lists to summarize points in a presentation. If you’re creating your infographic for a PowerPoint presentation, optimize your design to fit a slide. The default ratio for PowerPoint 2016 is 16:9 but you can also reset your presentation to the original ratio, 4:3 (many people still prefer those dimensions).
PowerPoint infographics are perfect for sharing on social media as well.
Here is an infographic that fits the dimensions of a PowerPoint slide.
Once you pick the perfect template for your list infographic, you can customize the text, icons, colors and fonts to make it your own. Why settle on a boring list when you can create a beautiful list infographic?
Do you still need a bit more help getting started on your infographic? Read out in-depth guide, Infographics For Beginners: The Ultimate Guide.