Kantar Information is Beautiful Awards 2016 longlist announced

The longlist for this year’s Kantar Information is Beautiful Awards has been announced today. Celebrating global excellence in data visualization, infographics and information design, the Awards give $30,000 (£20,000) across 15 categories annually.

The Awards is now in its fifth year. It was founded by data journalist David McCandless, author of Information is Beautiful, together with Aziz Cami, then creative director at Kantar, now succeeded by current creative director Emma Whitehead.

The Awards longlist represents the entire spectrum of data visualization creativity around the world - ranging from students and individual practitioners through to NGOs, established studios and media brands.

Judging is led by an expert panel of 30 judges but also includes a public vote component that opens when the shortlist is announced on Tues 27 Sep at www.informationisbeautifulawards.com 

KANTAR Information is Beautiful Awards 2016 longlist

●    Public categories – Gold ($1,000), Silver ($500) and Bronze ($250) in each: Data Visualization, Infographic, Interactive Visualization, Data Journalism, Dataviz Website, and Dataviz Project

●    Special categories (at judges' discretion) - $1,000 in each: Outstanding Team, Outstanding Individual, Student Award, Community Award, Commercial Project, Studio of the Year, Best Non-English Language Viz, and Rising Star

●    Ultimate prize – $5,000: Most Beautiful

“No wonder the 2016 Awards has received more entries and nominations than ever: the art and science of making information beautiful is now a staple part of our media diet. Whether it’s rich, complex interactives allowing us to explore Olympic athletic prowess or stark graphics enabling us to grasp who’s most likely to win the US election, visualization helps turn data into something people can see, can feel, can understand. We’re delighted to be working with Kantar to put a spotlight on this growing community of artists, designers, journalists and coders.”
— David McCandless, founder of Kantar Information is Beautiful Awards

The Awards’ shortlists will be announced on Tuesday 27 September with the winners unveiled at a special ceremony at London’s Ham Yard Hotel on Wednesday 2 November, followed by a celebration in New York on Nov 15.

A selection of examples from the 2016 longlist include:

Gun Deaths in America
by FiveThirtyEight
Data visualization
Exploring flags in every possible way.


Climate Spirals
by Ed Hawkins
Dataviz Project
Spiral representation of global temperatures from 1850-2016.


The Dark Side of Guardian Comments
by Mahana Mansfield, Josh Holder, and Daan Louter
Data Journalism
Analysing the 70 million comments left on The Guardian site since 2006. 


The Evolution of Music Taste
by Polygraph
How music taste evolved - every top 5 song, 1958 - 2016.


Flowing Data
by Nathan Yau
Dataviz website
Explores how we can use analysis, visualization, and exploration to understand data and ourselves. 


Previous award winners have included:

2015 - Dear Data - hand-drawn dataviz postcards by Giorgia Lupi and Stefanie Posavec, now a best-selling Penguin book

2014 - Raw - highly influential dataviz software from DensityDesign Research Lab

2013 - Bloomberg Billionaires Index - by Bloomberg Visual Data

2012 - CNN Home & Away - tracking recent war casualties - by noted dataviz designers Stamen