Visme’s 2017 Year in Review: Looking Back and Looking Ahead

Written by:
Payman Taei

visme 2017 year in review

I don’t know about you, but this past year was one of the busiest and most eventful years I’ve had in my life.

Besides continuing my journey as a new father, I was also privileged to bring you some of the most exciting developments in Visme’s functionality to date.

From launching my video series for non-designers to introducing a completely new way of creating infographics from content blocks, my team and I have had an action-packed year.

To give you a quick overview (and since we practice what we preach by using our own tool to create all the visuals on our blog), I decided to summarize our 2017 with this neat interactive infographic we designed with Visme.

And for those who want to learn more about Visme’s journey, you can click here to read a more detailed overview of all the things we accomplished in 2017.

 infographic created with visme

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From PowerPoint Alternative to All-In-One Visual Content Tool

When I started Visme five years ago, my initial vision was to create an animation tool for designers like myself who could no longer use Adobe Flash, but we quickly tapped into an unmet need for an easy-to-use presentation tool for non-designers.

I quickly realized that there was a huge gap between the desire to communicate visually and the skills and tools needed to create impressive visual content.

So my team and I decided to take up the challenge.

What began as a PowerPoint alternative has evolved into an all-in-one tool for creating all types of visual content—from presentations and infographics to printables and interactive pieces—used by individuals and companies from all walks of life, including a few notable names such as:

And what started as an online app has also expanded into an educational hub where we provide free design resources in the form of videos, books and practical tips.


Stuff We Got Done in 2017

In case you missed any of the features, updates and initiatives we launched in 2017, here’s a quick overview:

Feature Releases

visme 2017 year in review feature releases

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Revamp of Charts and Graphs (February 2017)

We completely revamped our Graph Engine and released 16 new chart types, including stacked, line, pie, radar, funnel and doughnut charts, among others. Learn more

New Data Widgets (March 2017)

We released a new set of widgets to creatively visualize statistics and figures using progress bars, thermometers, sand watches and radial gauges. Learn more

New Pictograph Maker (May 2017)

We launched a new feature that allows users to translate population statistics into visual arrays and charts using icons. Learn more

New Presentation Templates (May 2017)

We introduced 20 new presentation templates designed for business executives, marketers, entrepreneurs, consultants and educators. Learn more

Content Blocks (June 2017)

We created a library of ready-made content blocks that you can combine in any order to create your own infographic layouts, instead of customizing a template. Learn more

Presentation Backgrounds (August 2017)

We released 52 new minimalist and modern presentation backgrounds. Learn more

Presentation Notes (September 2017)

We added a feature that allows users to add notes to their slides to help remind them of what to cover during their live presentation. Learn more

Improved Analytics in Visme (September 2017)

We improved the Analytics feature in Visme to include granular data on project views and users, such as: location, device, time spent on each slide and percent of content viewed. Learn more

Brand Kit (October 2017)

We rolled out a particularly helpful feature for teams of users who want to maintain visual consistency across all their content. Establish brand colors, fonts, logos and templates directly in the tool. Learn more

New Printables Category (December 2017)

Finally, we also launched an entire new category of templates so you can now create your own printable flyers, invitations, postcards and business cards. Learn more


Educational Resources

visme 2017 year in review educational resources


New Video Series: Design Tips for Non-Designers

I launched my Make Information Beautiful video series, designed specifically for non-designers who want quick and practical tips for improving their visual content.

Published Visual Guides for Beginners

We also published two major, comprehensive but easy-to-follow visual guides on how to create effective infographics and visual presentations.

Our Visual Learning Center

We published over 100 articles on everything from tutorials on how to create social media graphics like a pro and which charts to use in each industry, to original data visualizations based on our own research.


Business Goals Reached

visme 2017 year in review business goals reached
  • Used in over 100 countries
  • Doubled number of users
  • Doubled revenue
  • 180% traffic increase to blog
  • 140% traffic increase to entire site


Looking Ahead to 2018

We have bigger goals in mind for 2018.

Although we are getting a ton of great feedback from our users compared to a year ago as we’ve continued to improve user experience and roll out new features, we’ve gone back and, based on user inquiries (company teams and individuals), created a clear roadmap for major upgrades in our platform that are going to further improve the way you create beautiful and meaningful presentations, infographics and other visuals.

My vision for turning Visme into the visual communication tool of choice is clearer than ever, and I'm extremely excited to share new releases of Visme this year and value-packed resources to empower you to become better presenters and visual communicators. We’re just starting to scratch the surface of Visme’s potential.

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About the Author

Payman Taei is the founder of Visme (he doesn’t like using the word ”CEO”—it’s way too formal), a DIY platform that allows everyone to create and manage presentations, infographics, reports and other visual content.

He’s also the founder of HindSite Interactive, an award-winning web design and web development company.

4 responses to “Visme’s 2017 Year in Review: Looking Back and Looking Ahead”

  1. Sue Mischke says:

    An impressive year! Thank you for sharing so much knowledge with us “little folks” who simply appreciate good design and good communication, and enjoy learning more about it.

  2. We became customers last month based on your current (impressive) feature set. We’re looking forward to further enhancements.

    Our wish list includes animated GIFs!

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