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 BrainPickings.org 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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The winners and runners-up by category are:
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
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
Gold: CNN Home & Away, Stamen
Silver: Government Spending, Guardian data and graphics teams
Bronze: Metallica on Stage, Deniz Cem Önduygu, Amaç Herdağdelen, Eser Aygün
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, Economist.com team
Tool or Website
Gold: The Antimap, Trent Brooks
Silver: FF Chartwell, Travis Kochel and FontFont
Bronze: Gephi, Mathieu Bastian, Sébastien Heymann, Mathieu Jacomy
Best individual contribution:
Timeline of the Universe, Omid Kashan
The Interactive UK Energy Consumption Guide, Epiphany Search (Gaz Battersby and Bryan James)
Judges' note: Regrettably the entries did not meet the necessary standards.
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.
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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