In creative work, every year is a new opportunity to do more: to push yourself more, experiment more, and grow your skills. That’s certainly true for infographic design. Whether it’s trying a new format or illustration style, there are plenty of ways to push creative boundaries, and designers and infographic creators did just that in 2017.
We believe good work should always be celebrated, so as the year comes to a close, we’d like to take a look back at some of the most interesting and inspiring infographic design we’ve seen (and, in some cases, had the privilege to create). From branded content to delightful data visualization, here are the 75 best infographics of 2017.
As publishing platforms have evolved over the last few years, more and more are showcasing animated infographic design. These eye-catching pieces show that you can bring just about any topic to life through movement.
1) “5 Freelancers That Are Changing the World of Work” by LinkedIn
2) “Expand Support Beyond Customer Service” by Zendesk
3) “How to Orchestrate a Solid ABM Team” by Marketo
4)“These Days in Baseball, Every Batter Is Trying to Find an Angle” by The Washington Post
5) “Turn on the Customer Experience Channel” by Zendesk
6) “Are You SLAcking Off?” by Incapsula
7) “Don’t Buy Into These Homebuying Myths” by Realtor.com
8) “Virtual Reality: A Fresh Perspective for Marketers” by Marketo
9) “Automation and the Next Generation of Accountants” by Firm of the Future
Data Visualization Infographics
We have always been and will always be major data geeks, so we love nothing more than a solid piece of data visualization. This year brought plenty of opportunities for data designers to shine, with subjects ranging from presidents to carbon emissions. Most importantly, these examples prove that even dull data can become beautiful art.
10) “Nuclear Slowdown” by Valerio Pellegrini, Wired UK
11) “Items of Interest” by Paul Button
12) “Surfing in Italy” by Michela Lazzaroni, Stefania Guerra
13) “Basics of Early Childhood Development” by Nerdcore Medical
14) “Diamonds are Forever” by Valerio Pellegrini
15) “Who is Your President?” by La Lettura Corriere della Sera
16) “The Titanic, Facts and Numbers” by Sara Piccolomini
17) “120 Tastes from Indian States” by Rachita Agarwal
18) “Emissions Change Starts at the Top” by Nick Rapp
19) “The International Space Station – The First 50 Expeditions” by James Round
20) “The Polarization Of Red And Blue States From McGovern To Trump” by FiveThirtyEight
21) “The World’s Most Dangerous Cities” by Economist
22) “The Wall: A Threat to the Environment” by Sofia Guajardo
23) “Beautiful Trash” by Jeffrey Shaffer
24) “Death in the Air: Air Pollution Costs Money and Lives” by World Bank Group
25) “The Safest Cars of the Last Eleven Years” by Marco Giannini
26) “Which UK Workers Are Most at Risk of Being Replaced by Robots?” by Filippo Mastroianni
28) “There’s Big Money to be Made in Asteroid Mining” by Valerio Pellegrini, Wired UK
29) “Sound as Color” by Ronnie Pence
30) “The Discworld, Visualised” by Emma Cosh
31) “Star Trek Duty Roster” by Dave Columbus
33) “Triple Play Art” by Tresta Inc.
34) “Biodiversity in Professional Sports” by Shawn Levin
35) “1440 minutes of Data” by Muskeen Liddar
36) “Why Are so Many Babies Born around 8:00 A.M.?” by Nadieh Bremer, Zan Armstrong & Jennifer Christiansen
37) “100 Days of Summer – Plants in Finland” by Thuy Ngo
38) “The New Top 10 Furnace Cities in China” by Yan Lu
39) “A Visual History of Formula One” by Sports Chord
40) “The Colours of Vincent Van Gogh” by Ravi Mistry
These flowcharts take infographic design to the next level. Their complexity (yet clarity) is something to aspire to, whether it’s diving into Game of Thrones or the transportation industry.
41) “This Is the Tangled Future of Tech and Transportation” by Business Insider
42) “Alt Music History” by Dorothy Studio, Wired
43) “Unraveling Death in Game of Thrones” by Heather Jones, Time
Illustration is a standard tool in infographic design, but creative infographic designers take it to the next level. From creative characters to clever themes, these illustrated infographics use design to enhance the story and make it more engaging.
44) “Mini Infographics” by Vite Vu Bien Vu
45) “The Psychology of the Perfect Marketing Video” by Explainify
46) “Biggest Content Marketing Mistakes” by SEO1Click
47) “Herbal Medicine” by Shijie Chen, Wantao Yu, Nanjing University of Art
48) “How to Shop with Your Heart” by ASPCA
49) “Secure Your Data from the Inside Out” by Imperva
50) “The (Exercise) Science of Injury Recovery” by Concordia University
51) “Veganismo” by Saioa Perona, Bau Design College of Barcelona
52) “Infographic of the Quran” by Izzat Haikal
53) “Chat Systems” by Randall Munroe, XKCD
54) “Iconic Movie Weapons” by MDB
55) “Infographic of Plants” by Nanjing University of the Arts, Zhang Biqi
56) “Facing the Paradigm Shift – Siemens Healthcare” by Persuaid
57) “PhillyRow: Anatomy of a Rowhouse” by PhillyRow
58) “Beyond Turkey and Food Comas” by Under Armour
59) “Super Software Defeats Manual Mayhem” by Skedulo
60) “Hunger Games” by Course Hero
61) “The AI-Empowered Marketer” by Marketo
62) “Longboard Facts” by Paula Terra Bosch
Maps don’t have to be boring, as these examples prove. No matter the subject, the right design can make a map so beautiful you’d be tempted to put it on your wall.
63)“Women Farmers in the Loneliness of Onion Fields” by Agnès Stienne, VisionsCarto
64) “The Invisible Forest” by Alessandro Zotta, Politecnico di Milano
65) “The State of the Nation” by Adam Sharratt
66) “Map of Computer Science” by Dominic Walliman
67) “Bears of Finland” by Annukka Mäkijärvi
68) “Deportations from the US” by South China Morning Post
69) “The Goddesses of Venus” by Eleanor Lutz
70) “Those Who Did Not Cross” by Levi Westerveld
71) “On Their Way: the Journey of Foreign Fighters” by Density Design Lab
72) “The Tallest Buildings in the U.S.” by Marco Giannini
73) “World Song Map” by Dorothy Studio
Photography can be a great tool when it comes to infographic design. Although it isn’t used as much as other styles, it is quite effective to add personality to a piece.
74) “See Who’s on Bing” by Microsoft
75) “World Cocoa Markets Made of Chocolate” by Pierre Carrey and BiG
There’s nothing we love more than great infographic design, and we’re dedicated to helping everyone improve their practice. For more tips on creating better infographics:
- Get inspired by these 10 examples of minimal but effective infographic design.
- Experiment with these 7 design infographic design styles to mix it up.
- Find out how to fix the 15 most common infographic design mistakes.
Here’s to a new year of great work, and if you need a little help with your own infographic design, we’re always happy to talk shop.