To make a good infographic, you’ll need a little stats know-how and a little graphic design know-how. Unfortunately, as the format has exploded over the past few years, we’ve seen heaps of work from people who have plenty of the latter but little of the former–beautiful graphics that don’t really tell us much, or, worse yet, obscure the facts. What’s needed is some democratization in the other direction, tools that let people with a good grip on data create visualizations without any proficiency in the Adobe Creative Suite. Chartwell is one such example. Stately makes things simpler yet.