Human beings are a visual species. We mostly interact with the world through our eyes and that’s why they say a picture is worth a thousand words. But what if you want to use words to make a picture? What if you want to put these words in a visual space that is more easily comprehended by our large primate brains? That’s where charts, diagrams, mind maps, and flowcharts can be the answer. Here are five online resources for creating such diagrams:
Creately – In addition to the desktop app, this online diagramming tool is also available as a plugin for Jira, Confluence, or Fogbudz. Create flowcharts, wireframes, mind maps, and more.
Lucidchart – This is easily one of the most popular drag-and-drop online tools for charts. It integrates with Google Drive and costs $3.33 per month and up.
Google Chart Tools – Create interactive charts and data tools using this powerful and free tool, including the ability to make attractive org chart visualizations.
Cacoo – Offering Google+ Hangouts integration, Cacoo can be used to make sitemaps, wireframes, UML, and network charts. The basic plan starts at $49 a year, but you can try the free plan first.
Gliffy Online – This web app for flowcharts comes with an extensive shape library. The free plan includes up to five diagrams and 2MB of storage. Upgrades start at $4.95 per user per month.