Management Reporting - How to handle Icons and Shapes

edited December 2022 in Best Practices

With Management Reporting, creating visually appealing reports is even easier.

Find below our recommendations to handle icons and shapes in your reports to make them "pop".


There are a lot of websites providing free or subscription-based icons available for download and some even allow to change the colors and background of the icons.

Here are some of the links we are using:

  1. Icon 8
  2. Icon DB
  3. The Nounproject
  4. Flat Icon
  5. Icon Shock
  6. Icon Finder
  7. Free Icons IO 
  8. Free Icons and PNG
  9. Lordicon
  10. Free Icons
  11. Bootstrap


Shapes can be created using PowerPoint or Lucidchart.


There are various advantages in using the Microsoft PowerPoint. It comes with over 90+ built-in shapes to choose from so it’s easy to create one with just a few clicks and converting them into an image. In addition, PowerPoint allows easy customization.

  • Check out this article on PowerPoint - 12 Creative ways to use shapes


Lucidchart is a web-based proprietary platform that allows users to collaborate on drawing, revising and sharing charts and diagrams. It provides with pre-made shape libraries and makes it easy to create your own custom shape libraries with imported and custom shapes.

  • Check out this article on Lucid Chart Tutorial - Create Custom Shapes and Custom Libraries

Hosting sites

Once you have your icons and shapes, treat them as images.

We recommend reading this article to know more about hosting images.


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Contributing authors: Edgar Gomez and Jamie Gargette.