It is the biggest beauty contest for data. On 2 November, the Information is Beautiful Awards will be celebrating the most thoughtful, provocative and eye-catching visualisations created in the last year.
Now in its fifth year, the awards are a collaboration between data consultancy group Kantar and data journalist, David McCandless. A total of six awards are up for grabs, under the categories of infographic, interactive visualisation, data journalism, dataviz website, dataviz project, data visualisation. Though the standards are high, the competition is open to all and has become a level playing field for NGOs, designers, commercial media and students alike. Each entry is judged by a panel of 30 experts as well as a public vote.
‘With more entries in 2016 than any previous year, this is undoubtedly our strongest shortlist yet,’ says McCandless. ‘It makes sense as the art and science of making information beautiful is now a staple part of our media diet. Whether it’s rich interactives allowing us to explore the complexity of war in Syria, or stark graphics helping us to understand the gender gap at a glance, visualisation helps turn data into something people can see, feel and understand.’
Below are the 15 entries for the infographic category. Some are longer than shown, click on the image to see full view.