The Information is Beautiful Awards inspired by Kantar

The Awards were created in partnership by leading data visualisation studio Information Is Beautiful and world leader in research and insight Kantar as the world's first global contest to celebrate excellence and beauty in data visualization, infographics and data journalism.

David McCandless, founder of Information Is Beautiful, presented the winning designers with a specially commissioned trophy and a share of the prize money generously offered by Kantar.

McCandless said: "Data visualisation is a rising trend across many domains - web, science, media, politics - and it's a really artful, really tricky fusion of analysis, design and story-telling.

"But we've been blown away by the standard and variety of the entries. Big congratulations to all the winners. It's been great to celebrate and support their talent."

Aziz Cami, creative director of Kantar, added: "We never imagined the bar would be set so high!  The awards have really demonstrated the power of data visualisation as both a creative and commercial tool. Thanks again to all our entrants."

The Information is Beautiful Awards opened in Spring 2012 and entries closed on 31 May. There were over 1,000 entries from all over the world and the shortlist was announced on Friday 10 August.

The winners were selected by a panel of judges including ground-breaking musician and visual artist Brian Eno, Paola Antonelli, senior curator, Museum of Modern Art; Maria Popova, editor of cultural curation website and Simon Rogers, editor, Guardian Datablog.

The online visualisation community was invited to vote for the Community Award and their votes also contributed to the final totals.

The winners and runners up in each category - plus links to the Gold category winners - are listed below.

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Editors' Notes

The winners and runners-up by category are:

Data Visualisation

Gold: Information graphics in context, Peter Ørntoft

Silver: Look at the sky, Carla Fernandez / Arce

Bronze: Lunar calendar, Dimitre Lima


Gold: Cover mania, Michele Mauri

Silver: Envisioning emerging technology for 2012 and Beyond, Michell Zappa Bronze:Paulo Estriga CV, Paulo Estriga

Interactive Visualisation

Gold: Notabilia, Moritz Stefaner, Dario Taraborelli, Giovanni Luca Ciampaglia

Silver: The American Energy Spectrum, Hyperakt, Deroy Peraza, Eric Fensterhei

Bronze: Evolution of Web, Hyperakt, Deroy Peraza, Eric Fensterhei

Data Journalism

Gold: CNN Home & Away, Stamen

Silver: Government Spending, Guardian data and graphics teams

Bronze: Metallica on Stage, Deniz Cem Önduygu, Amaç Herdağdelen, Eser Aygün

Motion Infographic

Gold: Afghanistan - What is the true cost of war?, Peter Jeffs, Tom Stevenson

Silver: Stuxnet: Anatomy of a virus, Patrick Clair, Scott Mitchell

Bronze: Economist - The Seventh Billion, team

Tool or Website

Gold: The Antimap, Trent Brooks

Silver: FF Chartwell, Travis Kochel and FontFont

Bronze: Gephi, Mathieu Bastian, Sébastien Heymann, Mathieu Jacomy

Special Awards

Studio Award:


Best individual contribution:

Moritz Stefaner

Student Award:

Timeline of the Universe, Omid Kashan

Corporate Award:

The Interactive UK Energy Consumption Guide, Epiphany Search (Gaz Battersby and Bryan James)

Information Art:

Judges' note: Regrettably the entries did not meet the necessary standards.

Community Award

Metallica on Stage, Deniz Cem Önduygu, Amaç Herdağdelen, Eser Aygün

Challenge Winner, infodesign

The Top Most Profitable Movies of 2001 Across 22 Story Types, Cristina Vanko

Challenge Winner, interactive

Budgets Big and Small, Daniel Leventhal

Ultimate Award - Most Beautiful

CNN Home & Away, Stamen

About Information is Beautiful

Information is Beautiful is a pioneering network of journalists, creatives and technologists pushing the boundaries of data journalism and information design. Our passion is visualizing information - facts, data, ideas, subjects, issues, statistics, questions - all with the minimum of words. We're fascinated with how designed information can help us understand the world, cut through clutter and reveal the hidden connections, patterns and stories beneath. Or, failing that, just look cool.

About Kantar

Kantar is one of the world's largest insight, information and consultancy groups. By uniting the diverse talents of its 13 specialist companies, the group aims to become the pre-eminent provider of compelling and inspirational insights for the global business community. Its 28,500 employees work across 100 countries and across the whole spectrum of research and consultancy disciplines, enabling the group to offer clients business insights at each and every point of the consumer cycle. The group's services are employed by over half of the Fortune Top 500 companies.

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