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Feast Your Eyes On The Most Beautiful Data Visualizations Of 2015

An infographic illustrating sufferers of infectious diseases by state took the top prize at the 2015 Kantar Information is Beautiful Awards.

  • <p>"By creating and sending the data visualisations using analogue instead of digital means, dear-data is what artists have done for ages, which is sketch and try to capture the essence of the life happening around them. However, as we are in the modern digital age, life also includes everything that is counted, computed, and measured." (via <a href="http://www.informationisbeautifulawards.com/showcase/775-dear-data" target="_blank">Information is Beautiful Awards</a>)</p>
  • <p>Find out more <a href="http://www.informationisbeautifulawards.com/showcase/832-rare-earth-elements" target="_blank">here</a>.</p>
  • 01 /08 | Dear Data by Giorgia Lupi and Stefanie Posavec

    "By creating and sending the data visualisations using analogue instead of digital means, dear-data is what artists have done for ages, which is sketch and try to capture the essence of the life happening around them. However, as we are in the modern digital age, life also includes everything that is counted, computed, and measured." (via Information is Beautiful Awards)

  • 02 /08 | Dear Data by Giorgia Lupi and Stefanie Posavec
  • 03 /08 | Vaccines and Infectious Diseases by Dov Friedman, Tynan DeBold
  • 04 /08 | London Squared by After The Flood
  • 05 /08 | Vaccines and Infectious Diseases by Dov Friedman and Tynan Debold
  • 06 /08 | Rare Earth Elements by Mark-Jan Bludau

    Find out more here.

  • 07 /08 | How to Build a Human by Eleanor Lutz

    Find out more here.

  • 08 /08 | The World in 2015 by Peter Winfield and John Parker

A striking infographic visualizing a general decline in the number of people suffering from infectious diseases across all 50 states and the District of Columbia won Gold for Data Visualization at the annual Kantar Information is Beautiful Awards 2015 which were announced in London on December 2.

Vaccines and Infectious Diseases by Dov Friedman and Tynan Debold at the Wall Street Journal comprises a series of heat maps showing the number of cases per 100,000 people measured over 70 years.

Launched four years ago by data visualizer David McCandless, author of Information is Beautiful, and Kantar creative director Aziz Cami, the Kantar Information is Beautiful Awards is a platform to promote global best practice for a nascent design form that is now big business.

This year’s other Gold Winners include:

Dear Data, an experiment in creating and sending data visualizations relating to life as it happens around us using analogue instead of digital means, by Giorgia Lupi and Stefanie Posavec won Gold in the Data Visualization Project category.

For London Squared: Making the City Easier to Read, London’s boroughs were turned into a choropleth (a series of shaded cells) that contains numerous data types more effectively than a traditional geographical map by After the Flood (Gold for Internal Business Project).

How Ebola Spreads by Weiyi (Dawn) Cai and Ana Swanson at The Washington Post (Interactive category) is a simulation that shows how quickly 10 diseases, from more to less fatal, could spread from one to100 unvaccinated people.

Rare Earth Elements by Mark-Jan Bludau (Infographic category) visualized rare earth elements—metals of great economic and technological significance—to explain their significance and call attention to the recycling behavior that threatens their future supplies.

How to Build a Human by Eleanor Lutz (Mini and Mobile Visualization) charts human embryo and fetus development from fertilization to birth through 44 animations that are nine frames each.

Meanwhile The World in 2015, a visualization and animation by Peter Winfield and John Parker published by The Economist, won the Community vote.

See more of the winners in the slide show above.

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