The shortlist for the Kantar Information is Beautiful Awards 2016 has been announced today. Celebrating global excellence in data visualization, infographics and information design, the Awards gives $30,000 (£20,000) across 15 categories each year.
Spotlighting the broad spectrum of data visualization creativity around the world - from students and individual practitioners through to NGOs, established studios and media brands – this year’s shortlist reaffirms the art form’s growing international importance.
Judging is led by an expert panel of 30 judges but includes a public vote that opens today at www.informationisbeautifulawards.com.
From the civil war in Syria to gender representation in Hollywood films, graphics drawing clarity to the news stories of the past 12 months feature strongly, with global migration, gender & diversity, the Olympics and the US election inspiring entries on the shortlist.
The shortlist also spans a breadth of global cultures, from a 126 metre tall Star Wars infographic and study of US baby names shortlisted alongside the Dalai Lama’s Atlas of Emotions, a project visualising all roads to Rome and an infographic map of Mexico.
Now in its fifth year, the Awards 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.
KANTAR Information is Beautiful Awards 2016 shortlist
● 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
Winners will be 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.
Previous award winners have included: Dear Data (2015), hand-drawn dataviz postcards by Giorgia Lupi and Stefanie Posavec, now a best-selling Penguin book; Raw (2014), an influential dataviz software from DensityDesign Research Lab; Bloomberg Billionaires Index (2013), by Bloomberg Visual Data; and CNN Home & Away (2012), a visual tracking recent war casualties by noted dataviz designers Stamen.