Last Call! Entries For Our $40K Dataviz Challenge

Sketch! Design! Code! Your interpretation of our datasets could win prizes of up to $25,000.

Enter by: Fri 25th Jan 11:59 AST

There’s also a special hand-drawn ‘napkin’ category for non-designers and those who like it tactile.

We’re proud to announce a lovely panel of judges to celebrate your work:

: Stefanie Posavec of Dear Data fame
: Prof. Alberto Cairo, author of The Truthful Art & The Functional Art
: Patrick Burgoyne, editor of design magazine Creative Review
: and myself, David McCandless.

» More details
» Challenge datasets
» Challenge website
» Some creative direction

Good luck to you! Looking forward to seeing your work.

Our Favourite Dataviz Work of 2018

Here are some of our best visualizations of the past twelve months.

Our first exhibition took place at the recently opened, Rem Koolhaas-designed Qatar National Library. We created ten interactive data-visualizations on a series of three-metre touchscreen totems, one face in English, the other Arabic. Subjects included the history of civilisation, Middle-Eastern science, and a timeline of the Far Future. So just some small topics! And we learned that data visualizations look beautiful in Arabic.


Announcing the World Data Visualization Prize – A $40K Dataviz Challenge

We’re launching a dataviz challenge in partnership with the World Government Summit.

(A little something to keep your creative neurons firing over the holidays.)

The focus is how governments are improving citizens’ lives – via environment, happiness, technology or other areas of support.

We’re supplying the datasets and themes. You provide data-visualizations that tell a story or reveal something interesting about the data.

Winning works receive cash prizes of up to $25,000 and have their work exhibited at the summit in Feb.

Best of all, you don’t need to be a pro-designer to enter. There’s a special ‘napkin’ category where hand-drawn sketches & prototypes can be submitted.

Closing date is Jan 25th 11:59 AST.

» More info, FAQs and submission details

the datasets

Visualise one or all three.

1) The Future of Government
What factors & technologies might shape the society, government and even citizens of the future? Give us a way to see and explore the landscape of the next fifty years.

2) What Makes A “Good” Government?
How do you measure the success of a government or a society? What factors from this megasheet seem more interesting or revealing to you?

3) Small Countries are Beautiful
Smaller nations (<5m population) are often overshadowed in the stats. But where might be such countries innovating, growing or teaching us?

Here also is an intro sheet for creative and conceptual direction.

Good luck, look forward to seeing what you come up with…

Raise a glass to the planet’s most stellar data visuals of 2018

Massive congratulations to the innovative, imaginative & intrepid winners of 2018’s global Information is Beautiful Awards – a celebration of the world’s best data-visualisations and infographics.

Trimming down 100 world-class shortlistees to a handful of exceptional winners was a fierce challenge for our panel of expert judges & community voters. Given such unrivalled ambition & scope – graphic novels, mosaics, even play-doh – this year’s  accolades, trophies and $30k in cash prizes (courtesy of beloved sponsor Kantar) are very well deserved.

Scroll down for the ultimate winner.


Information is Beautiful Awards – Your Chance to Vote

Some of the year’s best data-visualizations, interactives and scrollytellings have made the Information is Beautiful Awards 2018 Shortlist

Voting is now open to decide which works will win the Community Award at our ceremony in New York on Dec 4th. Plus your vote and all other visitor clicks represent five virtual people on our panel of 45+ expert judges.

Find and vote for your favourites here:

» Arts, Entertainment & Culture
» Breaking News
» Humanitarian
» Leisure, Games & Sport
» Maps, Places & Spaces
» People, Language & Identity
» Science & Technology
» Unusual
» Visualization & Information Design

How to vote. Closes Fri 19 Oct 11.59pm PST

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The MicrobeScope – Infectious diseases in context

A new interactive exploring the deadliness and infectiousness of the major communicable diseases. Slice, dice and zoom with the MICROBESCOPE.

Plus we’re auditioning a new story engine. See just how many interactive tales we can tell with just a scatterplot!

Answer: about four.

» Look under the MICROBESCOPE
» Explore the massive dataset underneath

CREDITS Design & creative direction David McCandless | Code Omid Kashan | Research Miriam Quick, Stephanie Tomasevic | Copy Karl Webster