Data Visualization: Gold & Studio Award

Nobels, no degrees
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"This visualization explores the story of Nobel prizes through years.
Visualized for each laureate are prize category, year the prize was awarded, and age of the recipient at the time, as well as principal academic affiliations and hometown. Each dot represents a Nobel laureate, and each recipient is positioned according to the year the prize was awarded (x axis) and his or her age at the time of the award (y axis)."

Data Visualization: Silver

How to win an Oscar
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"We analyse the characters played by every winner of an ‘actor/actress in a leading role’ Oscar since 1928 to work out the parts which most reliably lead to glory. Historic South American criminals, it appears, need not apply."

Data Visualization: Bronze

emoto Installation
"Emoto captured and visu­al­ised the global response around the London 2012 Olympic Games on Twitter. The project consisted of an interactive online visualization, realtime data-journalism experiments and its core component: the phys­ical data sculpture presented here."

Data Visualization: Honourable Mention #1 & Individual Award (Tied)

Taxonomy of Comic Book Characters
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Data Visualization: Honourable Mention #2

Field of Commemoration
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Infographic: Gold

Global Warning
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Infographic: Silver

The 39 stats: Charting Hitchcock Obsessions
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Infographic: Honourable Mention
Infographic: Honourable Mention

Terra Mater | Modern Star Dust
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Interactive: Gold & Grand Prize: Most Beautiful
Interactive: Silver

Listen to Wikipedia
"Listen to Wikipedia is a visualization and sonification of Wikipedia's live recent changes data. The sounds indicate addition to (bells) or subtraction from (strings) a Wikipedia articles, and the pitch is inversely proportional to the size of the edit (a lower pitch means a bigger edit). Green circles show edits from unregistered contributors, and purple circles mark edits performed by automated bots. A string swell welcomes a new user to the site. There’s something reassuring about knowing that every user makes a noise, every edit has a voice in the roar. Now, let’s go make some noise."

Interactive: Bronze

U.S. Gun Deaths
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Interactive: Honourable Mention

Here Is Today
Like many of the list, you really have to look at the interactive version of this simple visualization of relative time. Click the link above.

Motion Infographic: Gold

The Solar System--Our Home in Space

Motion Infographic: Silver

New York City Carbon Emissions

Motion Infographic: Bronze

BBC Knowledge DNA Explainer

Motion Infographic: Honourable Mention

Bitcoin Explained

Tool: Gold
Tool: Silver
Tool: Bronze
Community Award

Politicians' Salaries and Income Inequality
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Corporate Award
Individual Award (Tied)

The Atlas of Kant’s Legacy
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Student Award (Tied)
Student Award (Tied)

Here I Go Again
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See The 25 Most Beautiful Data Visualizations Of 2013

The Kantar Information Is Beautiful Awards recognize the year's high points in data viz.

It's an understatement to say that the data visualization sphere has exploded over the past several years. As we look to understand the increasing, mind-bending amount of information that we all generate across all areas of endeavor, data artists have created works that have brought beauty and clarity to everything from the minutiae of our personal lives to geopolitical trends. And, of course, as more data is visualized in more ways, we've experienced the fatigue that comes with gratuitous, ham-handed assemblies of facts and figures.

To remind us of what data visualization can be, in the right hands, data viz studio Information Is Beautiful and research company Kantar created the Information Is Beautiful Awards. The contest was launched last year and the 2013 winners were just announced. The competition featured data visualization, infographics, and data journalism and first place carried a $25,000 prize. The winners were chosen by a jury chaired by IIB founder David McCandless and Kantar creative director Aziz Cami and that included RISD president John Maeda, editor of Creative Review, Patrick Burgoyne, Stamen's Eric Rodenbeck and George Oates, and London-based designer and data artist Stefanie Posavec.

"How to Win an Oscar," a data visualization from Delayed Gratification Quarterly, shows links between Academy Award winners going back to 1928. Or, if you'd like to know how far each Hitchcock character plummets to his or her death, the Guardian has a comprehensive graphic illustrating morbid Hitchcockian trivia. Or maybe you'd like to see the daily rankings of billionaires sorted by age, gender, or industry, which Bloomberg serves up in an interactive visual.

Grand Prize Winner "Most Beautiful" & Gold in "Interactive" section

Alongside the medal-winning examples above, there's great info-art to ogle on the short list. Check out a "Taxonomy of Comic Book Characters" and "Politicians' Salaries and Income Inequality," in which inequality is demonstrated by belly size.

See the winners and other highlights in the gallery above.

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16 Comments

  • Adams

    It's an understatement to say that the data visualization sphere has exploded over the past several years. As we look to understand the increasing, mind-bending amount of information that we all generate across all areas of endeavor, data artists have created works that have brought beauty and clarity to everything from the minutiae of our personal lives to geopolitical trends. And, of course, as more data is visualized in more ways, we've experienced the fatigue that comes with gratuitous, ham-handed assemblies of facts and figures.

  • Soka

    The nobel prize visualization is sloppy and impossible to read.. is probably the worst piece of visualization of this year...

    Graphically inACCURATe and against all the basics of both graphic semiology and cognitive ergonomics. Read some book for god sake!

    Btw only a studio like "information is beautiful" ,can choose this kind of work for the best visualization of the year.
    Information Is Beautiful Awards is like a small town beauty contest: the real good projects play in another league.

  • BizProf

    I agree with the other commenters; the visuals are pretty but completely worthless for decision making and info transmission. If the whole purpose of them is art then kudos to them. If the purpose was to accurately present data in a usable way, epic fails for all 25.

  • soka

    that's true.. but why this interactive visualization is on the lowest step of the podium in his category?

  • Waqas

    I did a great MOOC this year which opened up my eyes as to what is effective, rather than just pretty.

  • Chris Reich

    The Nobel prize is often awarded years after discovery. The Higgs was posited many years ago but verified this year and awarded. So the age is really irrelevant.

  • Adams

    Alongside the medal-winning examples above, there's great info-art to ogle on the short list. Check out a "Taxonomy of Comic Book Characters" and "Politicians' Salaries and Income Inequality," in which inequality is demonstrated by belly size.

  • James Marshall

    Beauty is in the ability to convey the information accurately.So the politicians one looks good, but the data is hard to interpret.

    I did a great MOOC this year which opened up my eyes as to what is effective, rather than just pretty.

    I haven't used a pie chart since doing this course: http://www.excelsiorgroup.co.u...