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Kantar and McCandless launch first ever data visualisation awards scheme

6 September, 2011

Web-based awards now open for entries at  

Leading consumer insight company Kantar and its data visualisation partner David McCandless announce the launch of the first ever global awards scheme to celebrate excellence in the growing fields of data visualisation and information design.

The “Information is Beautiful – inspired by Kantar” awards, named after McCandless’ best-selling book and website, is now open to entrants from both inside and outside the consumer insight industry at The awards feature monthly on-line creative contests culminating in an annual overall awards presentation.

The monthly challenges will be topically themed and offer cash and software prizes for winners, whose work will also be prominently displayed on the site. The annual awards – to which entrants can submit all year round – will have an entry fee of just $40 and offer prizes ranging from cash and bursaries for some categories (e.g. student and young designer awards) to the more usual trophies and certificates for others. Winning entries will be published in a printed data visualisation annual.

McCandless – who conceived the awards working closely with Kantar creative director Aziz Cami – acts as a consultant to Kantar’s 13 operating companies to promote the use of data visualisation in their outputs.

Data visualisation is a technique that brings information to life through the creative application of graphics and offers a tremendous potential to the worlds of research, information and journalism through its ability to unlock trends and insights in a way that can be instantly seen, not just understood.

McCandless said: “I'm excited to team up with a world-leader like Kantar. Both Kantar and I share a passion for data visualization as a new way to tell stories. We want to support, celebrate and reward those practising this new creative form all around the world. That's really the soul of the Information Is Beautiful Awards.”

Cami said: “At Kantar we aim to turn data into insights that inspire our clients to better and more creative outcomes that really make a positive difference to their business. Data visualisation is an important addition to our armoury in pursuing this goal. We’re thrilled that David has chosen Kantar as his partner to launch these awards.”

For further information please contact Lindsay McMurdo at Kantar on +44 207 656 5486, or Diana Botello on +44 758 0300 764,  

About Kantar
Kantar is one of the world's largest insight, information and consultancy groups. By uniting the diverse talents of its 13 specialist companies, the group aims to become the pre-eminent provider of compelling and inspirational insights for the global business community. Its 28,500 employees work across 100 countries and across the whole spectrum of research and consultancy disciplines, enabling the group to offer clients business insights at every point of the consumer cycle. The group’s services are employed by over half of the Fortune Top 500 companies.

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About David McCandless
David McCandless is a London-based author, data-journalist and information designer, working across print, advertising, TV and web. His design work has appeared in over forty publications internationally including The Guardian and Wired. He champions the use of data visualisations to explore new directions for journalism and to discover new stories in the seas of data surrounding us. His blog and book Information Is Beautiful are dedicated to visualising ideas, issues, knowledge and data — all with the minimum of text.

More information about David and his work can be found at: 

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