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Information is Beautiful Awards

Claire Davies

Former editor and head of content

Tech Digital 28.09.2012 / 00:00


Winners of the 2012 Information Is Beautiful Awards, inspired by Kantar

The Awards were created in partnership by world leader in research and insight Kantar and leading data-visualisation studio Information Is Beautiful, as the world's first global contest to celebrate excellence and beauty in data visualization, infographics and data journalism.

Data visualisation is a rising trend across many domains - web, science, media, politics - and it's an artful, tricky fusion of analysis, design and story-telling. We never imagined the bar would be set so high!  The awards have really demonstrated the power of data visualisation as both a creative and commercial tool. 

The Information is Beautiful Awards opened in Spring 2012 and entries closed on 31 May. There were over 1,000 entries from all over the world.

The winners were selected by an esteemed panel of judges including ground-breaking musician and visual artist Brian Eno, Paola Antonelli, Senior Curator, Museum of Modern Art; Maria Popova, editor of cultural curation website and Simon Rogers, Editor, Guardian Datablog.

The online visualisation community were invited to vote for the Community Award and their votes also contributed to the final totals.

Data Visualisation

Gold: Information graphics in context, Peter Ørntoft


Gold: Cover mania, Michele Mauri

Interactive Visualisation

Gold: Notabilia, Moritz Stefaner, Dario Taraborelli, Giovanni Luca Ciampaglia

Data Journalism

Gold: CNN Home & Away, Stamen

Motion Infographic

Gold: Afghanistan - What is the true cost of war?, Peter Jeffs, Tom Stevenson

Tool or Website

Gold: The Antimap, Trent Brooks

Special Awards

Studio Award: Hyperakt
Best individual contribution: Moritz Stefaner
Student Award: Timeline of the Universe, Omid Kashan
Corporate Award: The Interactive UK Energy Consumption Guide, Epiphany Search (Gaz Battersby and Bryan James)

Community Award

Metallica on Stage, Deniz Cem Önduygu, Amaç Herdağdelen, Eser Aygün

Challenge Winner, infodesign

The Top Most Profitable Movies of 2001 Across 22 Story Types, Cristina Vanko

Challenge Winner, interactive

Budgets Big and Small, Daniel Leventhal

Ultimate Award - Most Beautiful

CNN Home & Away, Stamen

Download the press release with a full list of winners below.

Source : Kantar

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