From a live clock on poverty reduction to an interactive video on the possible outcomes of nuclear war, these data visualisations are competing for the ‘Humanitarian and Global’ category of this year’s Information is Beautiful Awards.
The awards consist of eight categories, which try to cover all major themes of data such as current affairs, maps, technology and entertainment. Each entry is judged by a panel of 30 experts as well as being put to a public vote, which is now open.
The awards first ran in 2011, as a collaboration between the Kantar data consultancy group and David McCandless, a data journalist and author of the Information is Beautiful book series. This year, McCandless feels data visualisations have become more crucial than ever. ‘The terrific data visualisations in the 2017 shortlist leap over the “fake news” to help us see and understand the massive changes of the past year,’ he says. ‘Data takes us to the truth and facts behind everything from asteroids to climate, migration to Trump. And visualisation can give us fresh insight into complex cultural issues like trolling, the gender gap and even how words are used – which we’ve captured by adding a new category: People, Language & Identity.’
Scroll below to see the Humanitarian and Global entries, or go to to the Awards website to browse the other categories.