10+ Smart Diagrams and Infographics (and How to Use Them)

By Ronita Mohan, Sep 17, 2021

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Venngage has a library of over 10,000 templates but we’re always looking for ways to create more designs for our audience. The product and development teams have been busy creating Smart Templates, including a variety of Smart Diagrams and Smart List Infographics.

In this guide, we’ll show you how to use the new Smart features to easily edit and customize the new Venngage Smart Templates. We’ll also share some examples of Smart Diagrams, Mind Maps, and List Infographics.

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New Smart Diagrams and List Infographics (click to jump ahead):

1. How do you create a Smart Diagram in Venngage?

You can search for Venngage’s Smart Templates in the template library or click through from any of the templates in this post to access these new designs.

When you enter the Editor, you will be prompted on how to use the Smart Flow Charts and Smart Mind Maps. You can add, delete, or duplicate items in your diagrams.

Use the plus sign on the side of the mindmaps to add more items. Each section will be a replica of the one it is duplicated from, as you can see in this GIF.

add or delete branches in the Smart Diagram

In this smart diagram example, you can see the branches are all connected to each other. These branches are flexible and can be adjusted to your needs. Here’s a demonstration:

move branches or whole smart diagram or mindmap

To move one section, click on the branch and move it with your cursor. You can also easily change the placement of the entire diagram by clicking on the center branch to move the mindmap.

Once you add a text box, you may want to add or remove text within it. You don’t have to adjust the size of the item manually. The text boxes automatically resize depending on the content. Here’s what that looks like in the Venngage Editor.

Smart Diagram Node adjusts automatically

You can also easily resize a single section, a few branches, or the entire diagram. Click on the area you want to resize and drag the corners to your desired size. All the elements, including the text, icon and background will be resized.

Editing colors, backgrounds and borders in Smart Diagrams is simple. If you want to change the background of a branch, click on it and a background color icon will appear on the toolbar. Choose the colors of your choice from the menu.

You can also apply the same color to other blocks by using the ‘copy style’ function. Click on the branch whose style you want to duplicate. Press on the brush icon.

Once it turns blue, you can click on the block you want to change and press on the blue icon again to paste the style, like in this GIF.

duplicate background

There are three copy and paste style options available:

  • Apply style to all blocks
  • Apply style only to child blocks (branches below the block)
  • Apply style only to sibling blocks (branches beside the block)

Here’s what applying a style to all branches of a Smart Mind Map would look like.

apply style to all

The Smart Templates also allow you to add borders to the blocks. When you click on the branch you want to add a border to, select the ‘border color and style’ option from the toolbar.

Add the color and type of border your want from the options. You can also copy and paste the border style using the brush icon.

borderstyle

All Smart Diagrams and List Infographics include Smart features so you can edit templates faster and more efficiently.


 

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2. How do you create a Smart List in Venngage?

You can find Smart List Infographics by searching for ‘smart templates’ on Venngage. Or you can look through the list infographic templates for the green ‘Smart Template’ banner.

Once you enter the Editor, you will see a prompt about using the Smart features. You can add items to your list by clicking on the ‘plus’ icon at the bottom or right of the template.

Adding Nodes-horizontal smart list infographic

You can easily delete an item by clicking on it and pressing ‘delete’ or using the delete function in the Editor.

When you add a new item to the list infographic, it will copy the design, text, and icon of the original block. You can then edit the duplicated item for your specifications.

Smart List Infographics can also be reordered easily. Click on the item you want to move and drag it to your desired location. All items within the template can be reordered this way, as you can see from this GIF.

Reordering smart list infographic

If you want to move the entire list, you can click on the graphic and look for the ‘move’ icon on the left. Click on the icon to move the complete list.

Move smart list infographic

All Smart List Infographics include Smart features such as adding items and reordering items to make creating visually appealing lists easier.


 

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3. Smart Diagram Examples

Venngage has a variety of Smart Diagram templates for any diagramming purpose. We’ll share examples of Smart Diagrams and how you can customize them for your needs.

Corporate Organizational Chart

Venngage’s Smart Diagram templates are available in a variety of formats, horizontal and vertical, such as this Smart Organizational Diagram.

Soft Corporate Organizational Chart Template


 

All the sections are adjustable and can be moved around to suit your style. You can click on the primary block at the top to shift the entire diagram.

If you have more people in your organization, you can easily duplicate the blocks by clicking on the ‘plus’ button in the editor to add more.

Smart Tech Organizational Flow Chart

This organizational flow chart template is horizontal due to the company’s flat structure. It uses color to denote levels within the organization.

Tech Flow Chart Template


 

While this chart has icons, these can be swapped out for photos of the employees.

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4. Smart Flow Charts

Venngage now has Smart Flow Charts along with the pre-existing Smart Diagrams.

Customize flow charts by clicking on each item. Use the buttons generated to add more items. Each new item will have the design of the following branch.

Click on an item or select a group of items to move them. The connecting lines will automatically adapt to the new design.

Finance Management Flow Chart

This Smart Flow Chart template is ideal for a process that has multiple decisions to be made. You can add more items according to the process you want to visualize. Or you can remove sections if your process is shorter.

Finance Account Receivable Management Process Flowchart Template


 

You can also edit the style of the connecting lines. Click on the line and you will see the following options in the menu:

  • Straight
  • Bezier
  • Stepped

Change the style according to your design needs. Or you can keep the style of the template.

Workplace Disciplinary Process Flow Charts

There are numerous processes that keep a workplace safe and secure. To ensure that everyone is on the same page, it is best to visualize these processes.

Use the flow chart template below to highlight the steps in a disciplinary process. The chart is simple to follow. Note how it uses colors to denote different decisions.

Financial Disciplinary Process Flowchart Template


 

Below is another type of flow chart that will help HR managers improve existing workplace safety programs. It explains how to research and analyze the program before implementing it in the company.

Workplace Violence Policy and Program Flow Chart Template


 

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5. Smart Mind Maps

Alongside the Smart Diagram templates that Venngage has designed, we also offer a variety of Smart Mind Maps. Use the Venngage Editor to drag-and-drop icons, images, and text boxes to customize the mind map for your needs.

Haven’t created a mind map before? Use the Venngage Mind Map Maker to access easy-to-edit templates and customize them for your brand.

Light Colorful Smart Mind Map

This horizontal example of a Smart Diagram uses icons to denote a variety of functions. With Venngage’s Smart Features, you can easily add or delete one of the icons. You can also expand the text and the box will automatically resize to fit.

Light Colorful SAAS Site Map Template


 

If you want to highlight one section, one row or column, you can easily resize it in the Venngage editor.

Click on the section you want to resize and drag the markers accordingly. You can also choose multiple sections or the whole diagram and resize it the same way.

Resize sections

Light Blue Pattern Smart Mind Map

The Smart Diagram below includes more text than the previous example but can still be edited to add more blocks. The template currently has enough white space to add more to the design.

Light Blue Pattern Business Mind Map Template


 

Simple Smart Mind Map

Another example of a Smart Diagram is this simple mind map. Using two primary colors and text boxes, this type of mind map relays a significant amount of information.

Teal Simple Mind Map Template


 

Simple Components of Fitness Mind Map Template


 

The icon of the two people makes the design more personable. You can easily swap out the icon for something in line with your theme in the Venngage Editor.

Venngage also offers a variety of diverse icons that will help your brand appeal to a broader audience.

diverse-icons

A simple circle mind map, like this example, also uses colors to distinguish information.

Light Colorful Simple Mind Map Template


 

You can create a Smart Circle Mind Map using Venngage’s templates. Easily add new branches and circles to your diagram by clicking the ‘plus’ button.

We’ve added a ‘tidy’ function so you can keep new branches within the radius of the diagram.

Here’s another example of a circle mind map. This template has a darker color palette but you can adjust the color settings in the Venngage editor.

Dark Colorful Simple Mind Map Template


 

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Smart Mind Maps for Projects

You can add more colors to a simple Smart Mind Map to share a variety of information. This example uses four colors to depict a project plan.

Simple Project Planning Mindmap


 

You can also choose a color scheme based on the theme of your diagram. For example, this green mind map is perfect for a company working with the environment.

Green Project Status Mindmap


 

Alternatively, you can create a gradient mind map, like the example below, to share your project status.

Gradient Project Charter Mindmap


 

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Smart Business Mind Map Examples

Make the process of planning and growing your business easier with Venngage’s Smart Templates. We have a variety of customizable mind maps to visualize your business’ success.

This business model Smart diagram template is simple to edit and share. You can change the background color of the items from the menu.

Business Model Canvas Mindmap


 

 

Here’s an easy-to-edit business plan mindmap that will impress potential partners. It shares a significant amount of information at a single glance.

Business Plan Mindmap


 

This marketing principles analysis mindmap is short and to the point. If you have a limited amount of data to share, this is the ideal diagram for you to use.

PESTLE Marketing Principles Analysis Mindmap


 

There are multiple stakeholders involved in product-led companies. This Smart diagram is ideal for maintaining a roster of stakeholders.

New Product Stakeholders Mindmap


 

Design Tip: Add your branding to diagrams by using the My Brand Kit feature. We also have an Autobrand function so you can add branding to designs with a single click.

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Smart Diagram Example for Corporate Communication

In the corporate world, communicating regularly with external and internal parties is a top priority. Designing a plan for business communication makes the process much easier for everyone involved.

This example of a Smart Diagram makes aligning your team a breeze. It’s a simple design with easy-to-edit text boxes so you can add or subtract sections according to your communication plan.

Corporate Communication Mind Map Template


 

When you add a section, it will be replicated exactly from the section you copied it from. You can then adjust the color and text in the new box.

We also have another variation of the corporate communication mind map. If you prefer a circle diagram, you can use the below template.

Communication Mind Map


 

Design Tip: Use different colors for each communication point or text box. This will make it easier for the team to see the variety of communication channels at their disposal.

Collaboration Strategies Smart Mind Map

Align internal communications with a collaboration strategy diagram, like this example. Numerous sections emerge from the primary text box in this design.
Collaboration Strategies Mind Map Template


 

Each secondary section can be replicated and will include the properties of the original box.

Once you create a section, you can customize the design according to your specifications.

Leadership Qualities Smart Mind Maps

The business world thrives on leaders. These Smart diagrams outline what qualities leaders need. They can be printed and put on the office billboard as a reminder.

The circle mind map templates below are simple and easy to follow. The colors draw the eye without distracting the reader.

Purple Leadership Qualities Mind Map Template


 

Here’s another version of the circle mind map. This template doesn’t have a textured background, but it does include more colors.

Colorful Leadership Qualities Mind Map Template


 

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6. Smart List Infographics

Venngage also offers Smart List Infographic templates that can be edited and customized quickly. Add more items to your list, duplicate sections, or remove them to design a list that reflects your message.

Big Data Smart List Infographic

A list infographic is an excellent visual tool to make even the most boring lists interesting. A list, like this example, shares complex information in a visually appealing way. The short paragraphs, the headings, and the icons work together to convey the message to readers.

The 4 Vs Of Big Data List Infographic Template


 

With Venngage’s Smart Templates, you can add more list items by clicking the ‘plus’ icon at the bottom of the list.

Smart List Infographic Features

You can add as many new sections as you need to deliver your message. Adjust the size of the canvas so you can publish or share your design with your audience.

K-12 Schools Smart List Infographic

Another example of a Smart List is this school tips list. The dotted lines create clear demarcations between the heading and the main points in the graphic. This improves the graphic’s readability for audiences.

K-12 Schools Tips List Infographic Template


 

You can change the order of your points in the Smart Templates. Simply click on the text box you want to swap and drag it to your desired location. Here’s a demonstration.

Swapping Text

Design Tip: When customizing list infographic templates, keep your points at a similar length, about 3-4 lines, for consistency. This length will also help ensure that your message holds readers’ attention.

Father’s Day Gift Ideas Smart Diagram List

A Smart list infographic like this has numerous sections that can be customized for your message. Add blocks according to your needs or select multiple sections and remove them if your list is smaller.

10 Father's Day Gift Ideas List Infographic Template


 

Content Marketing Essentials Smart List Infographic

This Smart List Infographic includes multiple icons for one theme. The icons can be easily changed in the Venngage Editor to reflect the theme of your message.

Reasons Why Content Marketing is Essential List Infographic Template


 

Each point is accompanied by a 2-3 line paragraph explaining further. If you have more text, the block will automatically resize to fit the new text as you type it or paste it in.

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Cyber Security Smart List Infographic

This example of a customizable Smart list infographic uses both icons and images. The header image can be replaced with a photo from Venngage’s extensive library. Alternatively, you can upload your own image in the Venngage Editor and use it for your graphic.

Modern Cyber Security Technology Challenges List Infographic Template


 

Iconic Resume Parts Smart List Infographic

Not all Smart Lists are vertical. This horizontal Smart list infographic takes the reader’s eye from left to right instead of up to down. But it is no different from the preceding vertical formats.

Iconic Resume Parts List Infographic Template


 

How can you customize this vertical Smart Template? The ‘add block’ function is now on the right side, instead of at the bottom of the template. It still functions in the same way. The block replicates the original and can then be customized for your needs.

Adding Nodes-vertical smart list infographic

Now that you know how to customize the Venngage Smart Diagrams and Smart Templates, you can start creating your own designs today. We’re constantly innovating at Venngage and will be adding more templates when they are released.


 

 

 

About Ronita Mohan

Ronita Mohan is a SEO Content Writer at Venngage, the online infographic maker and design platform. Ronita regularly writes about marketing, design, and small businesses. Pronouns: e/er/eir