Animated Infographics and Flowcharts

Below you will find some examples of animated infographics, dynamic flowcharts and more. 

Learn about popular formats, helpful for figuring out final animation format. Whether for a website, social media or advertising campaigns, infographic animations can go a long way in conveying a message…fast. 

Infographic and Flowchart Examples

Below, find a few recent animtaed flowcharts and infographics. Elements include; background music, various design schemes and optional narration. 

(includes narration)

(brief intro from larger project)

(includes background music)

(animated dashboard)

What Is a Flowchart?

The term flowchart and infographic are interchanged quite often. The point of any flowchart or infographic, also called a process chart or diagram, is to highlight the relationship between multiple points. Quite often, a flowchart depicts a hierarchy, starting with the first node or point before proceeding on to the next stage or process.

Infographics With Narration

A few of the examples above include a voice over track, as well as background music. Including audio tracks and narration to the animated infographics is a great way to keep the information flowing and engage the viewer. Every viewer will retain information slightly differently so if you are able to provide a mix of multimedia to the viewer, this will help in expediting the important points within your animated presentations.

Financial Flowchart Animation

Here’s an example of a flowchart that was created for a financial consulting firm. The creation process starts in Adobe Illustrator for the design and layout and then proceeds to Adobe After Effects, for the animation side of things. 

Exported HD video infographics can then be embedded to any presentation, website or social sharing platform. Read more at the bottom of this page for the specific steps that Jon goes through, and key considerations, when designing and animating a flowchart infographic.

Animated Process Flow Diagram

key consideration when creating, or animating, any kind of infographic or flowchart is the initial design. Does the overall infographic flow vertically or horizontally? The design will essentially dictate the direction of the animation. 

Popular Flowchart Creation Softwares

There are a number of infographic and flowchart software available on the market but how should you choose? If you’re thinking about animating your flowchart at a later stage, it’s best to have the format in a vector format (.AI or .EPS). This way the individual components can be broken apart and the animation timing can be customized. 

Flowchart layouts and infographics can be laid out in something such as Google Slides, Microsoft Word or anything else that has shape-building capabilities. These are great for quickly depicting the structure of the diagram but the core drawback is that it does not include animation capabilities.

Microsoft Powerpoint and other popular presentation software also have shape-building tools (arrows, lines and more). 

If you’re using Powerpoint, I typically recommend embedding your custom flowchart into the presentation slide. This opens up a lot of custom animations, transitions and more. This also allows you to project your video on to a larger screen for any type of pitch or video conference.

Creating Process: Animated Infographics & Flowcharts

Here’s a timeline of the design to animation process and a brief explanation of each stage below.

step #1

Placement and Format Decisions

During this stage it’s important to note where your final animation will go and what the total duration will be. Are you pairing the animation with any content on a website? If so, does the animation need text or a call-to-action at the end?

If you are thinking of sharing this animated infographic on social media, it’s helpful to have some kind of logo animation for branding purposes. With so much content online these days it’s easy to get swept into the content tide without making an impression on a consumer. 

Depending on whether you want a looping icon animation, it might be beneficial to check out a Lottie style format for dynamic infographics. 

On a desktop?

Click on the gear icon here to start the animation. User-interaction based animations (in JSON format) are ideal for fast load times and simple/minimal designs. Some developmental knowledge is required to install this format.

(click to play)

step #2

Design and Color Schemes

Colors, brand fonts and more are decided here. If you already have a color palette or brand-specs PDF, it’s easy to pull all the necessary information from there. 

The big thing here will be getting the proper color codes, hex format preferred. 

step #3

Illustrator Vector Creation

If you already have a designer that is great and will certainly save on $$. 

In order to animate a proper infographic or flowchart, it’s important to split each component of the vector design into a separate layer. This allows for more control over the final animation process (also allows for more creativity).

step #3.5

(Optional) Narration Upload

If you are considering using a narration or specific voice overs for your animated infographics, it’s important to have the final file here before we start animating. 

This is going to save a lot of time and $$ in revisions later and it’s beneficial to create the animations for the specific narration (and not vice-versa).

step #4

Import and Layout

Assuming all designs and narration files are ready, let’s upload them to Adobe After Effects and start the animation process. 

Nothing overly-fancy about this step.

step #5.

Animation Begins

This is where each animation keystroke, color burst and transition are created (all based on the design from the previous stage). 

This is also where some creative freedom (brand-specific) can be created based off the design. For example, rearranging some of the design elements and creating entrance animations for some of the components can really go a long way.

Revisions are also included in this stage.

step #6

Upload and Install

Congrats!

The animation and flowchart infographic are set. Now, if applicable, we can add in some light background music to enhance the overall ‘vibe’ of the animation. 

Background music is different than narration as the animations don’t always rely as heavily on the timing of the music. 

A recommendation here might be some royalty free background tracks, found by clicking the button below.