TechTool review Piktochart Infographic Website
How does it work?
When starting a new project, choose whether you want to design a banner, report, infographic, or presentation. You are then offered templates to choose from which will be the basis of your project. The site has almost 600 templates so it’s not hard to find something that you like.
Then adapt the template to your needs. There are loads of icons, shapes, and designs to use. Everything can be customised, colours changed to match your theme, and fonts adjusted
Is it fiddly to use?
It does take a while to get the hang of, but once you’ve produced your first poster it becomes second nature. There is a good tutorial and help section in case you run into difficulties.
How much does it cost?
There is a free account option, which allows you to use the full features of Piktochart but with only limited templates. The free account will also mean that there is a Piktochart logo at the bottom of all your creations.
The full version costs $29 per month or $290 per year. They have a special discount for educators (using your university email) and students at $39.99 per year, which is a great deal. I used the free version for a while, but found I was using it lots, so have signed up for the full version now.
Is it useful?
So far, I’ve managed to use it quite broadly.
I’ve produced a poster for the hospital about managing febrile neutropenia; a teaching presentation about a QI project progress; an explainer infographic about a teaching course in development; and a redesign of the old-fashioned junior doctor newsletter sent out by our hospital
How could it be improved?
Once you delete a section from your template, you can’t access these deleted template features/graphics later. It would be nice to have each template asset in an accessible place so they can be pulled into your customised version.
Also, the website can sometimes be a bit slow, which gets a touch frustrating
What’s the overall verdict?
Medical education within institutions can often be dry – with the same old posters on the wall, and the same teaching slides that have been used for the last 20 years. Piktochart offers an easy way for people to produce visually appealing content without having to employ a graphic designer, or work out how to use Adobe Illustrator.
Plus there’s a free option, so have a play and see for yourself…
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