If you hand someone a list of things to remember, what do you think the odds are that they’ll just scan it and forget parts?
I’ve seen it happen enough times to know you can’t always rely on a list. Case closed.
But a list infographic uses snazzy design and handy visuals to engage readers and help them remember information. List infographics are perfect for summarizing information and keeping important points top of mind.
What’s more, list infographics are one of the most straightforward types of infographics to create.
Here are 20+ list infographic templates that are free to use. They’re all beginner-friendly but I’ve also included some design tips to help you get started. Check out our templates library for even more list infographic templates.
1. Use icons as bullet points in your list infographics
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:
You could also use checkmark icons to stick to the classic checklist theme:
2. Alternate between different colors for each point on you list
Color selection is an essential part of infographic design. Smart color selection can make your infographics easier to understand and more effective at communicating information.
Alternating between different colors for each point on your least will make your infographic easier to scan. Look for colors that complement each other, like blue and orange or purple and yellow.
For example, this infographic template uses bold colors to make each point stand out individually:
And this list infographic template alternates between two contrasting colors:
If you don’t want your color scheme to be too bold, you could simply alternate between shades of a color, like in this list infographic example:
3. Group the items on your list into categories
A long list with a million points can make you go cross-eyed. That’s why it can be helpful to organize the points on your list into groups. You can group points by priority, type of information or task, tools required, etc.
For example, this list infographic template group points by the type of action required:
4. Use a snake layout to keep readers engaged
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. Number the points on your list to create a hierarchy
If the items on your list need to be completed in a certain order, number the points. Including the number of points/steps in the title of your infographic will also help readers remember everything.
For example, this infographic template clearly states that there are 6 point in the list:
Or take this quick tips infographic that includes a brief subheader describing what the list achieves:
Numbering the points on your list can also make your infographic easier to follow if you use an unconventional layout.
6. Use visual cues to guide readers from one point to the next
Visual cues are indicators that points the reader’s eyes in a certain direction, like arrows and lines. Even if the particular order in which your list should be read isn’t important, visual cues can help keep readers engaged.
For example, this list infographic template uses arrows to keep the information flowing from start to finish:
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.
8. Illustrate each point on your list infographic with an icon
Images will help make the points on your list easier to understand. By simply adding an icon to illustrate each point, you can make your list much more memorable than by using words alone.
When it comes to using icons in your infographic, make sure you use a consistent style. For example, this infographic template uses icons with a colorful, cartoon style:
Meanwhile, this infographic templates uses flat icons in one color:
9. Divide your infographic into two columns to save space
If you have a lot of points on your list, divide your infographic into two columns and put two points in one row. This will prevent your infographic from getting too long.
For example, this list infographic template uses a simple block layout with two colums to comfortably fit 10 points:
10. Emphasize keywords using bold fonts
If there are important phrases or numbers that you don’t want readers to miss, you can use design to emphasize that information. Use a a bold font in a contrasting color to make keywords stand out.
For example, this list infographic template uses bold orange font to help key numbers stand out from the background:
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?