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A sneak peek of our new project: Beautiful News

We’ve just quietly launched something.

It’s called Beautiful News.

It surfaces and visualises all the amazing things happening in the world. The things we don’t see because we’re fixated on the drama and horror of the news.

It’s been a year in the making – research, visualisation and design. And it will gently unfold over this coming year – a chart a day.

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Fact-Checking The Vegan Netflix Documentary ‘What The Health’

I’ve been vegetarian for 26 years. Never managed to make the leap to vegan though. Cheese and eggs. Cheese and eggs. I’m working on it.

Here’s my motivational breakdown:

It’s been interesting to witness the abrupt mainstreaming of vegan and plant-based diets in recent years. But less interesting to have so many friends suddenly start lecturing me how cruel the meat industry is, how unhealthy red meat is, how environmentally damaging. Thank! You!

More striking is the amount of people who’ve said:

“Have you seen it? What the Health? The vegan documentary on Netflix. OMG. You gotta see it.”

So I did. I watched the What The Health documentary on Netflix, directed by Kip Andersen (sorry, SEO).

It is powerful, moving and shocking without being gory or alienating. But my journalistic spidey-sense started pulsing as I watched it. It’s kinda too powerful. Too certain of itself. Too sure. Some of the facts raised the BS-detecting hairs on the back of my neck.

So I gathered the team and we dove in to produce an interactive scene-by-scene, fact-by-fact visual analysis of the documentary. Have a play to see how true the film is.

SPOILER: it’s a mix. Classic misinformation-age / post-truth fare. There’s chunks of truth, some misleading facts, a few outright falsehoods, some very old science, some recent science. All intermixed. Blended into a modern smoothie. Tastes good, feels healthy, but who knows what’s hidden in the ingredients list?

Well, we do now.

It’s saddening because the scientific evidence is in, and vegans are right. Plant-based diets are a choice for good – health, emissions, animal welfare, land use, kindness. Every way you look at it, vegans, you are ethically correct. So please – there’s no need to lie.

» See the interactive
» Read the data


CREDITS
Research & writing: David McCandless, Stephanie Tomasevic, Duncan Geere, Miriam Quick
Code: Omid Kashan

Information is Beautiful Awards 2019

Rejoice! The Information is Beautiful Awards are now open for 2019.

It’s our eighth year celebrating the planet’s most awesome information design and we have $27,500 in cash prizes to give away, courtesy of our wonderful sponsor Kantar. Twenty-five expert judges, plus a public vote, will decide who takes home our coveted, 3D-printed trophy.

We have gold, silver and bronze awards in ten different categories plus six special prizes awarded by the judging panel.

IIB Awards Infographic

As usual, students and public whose work has not been professionally commissioned / published enter free. Studios / agencies, NGOs and media pay to submit work. Previous winners have gone on to land new clients, book deals, investment and jobs with hot startups.

Any piece created between 1st June 2018 and 30 August 2019 is eligible, as long as you have not entered it in any previous Information is Beautiful Awards.

» Enter the 2019 Awards

» Browse all shortlists, longlists and winners dating back to 2012.
» Check out the 2018 Awards ceremony in New York.
» Discover what we look for in a great dataviz.

Key Dates

Entries close 30 August 2019, 11:59pm PST
Longlist released 17 September 2019
Shortlist released and public voting begins 1 October 2019
Winners announced at our ceremony in London at the end of November 2019