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
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:
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