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Kantar and McCandless announce judging line-up for data visualisation awards

13 March, 2012


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Leading consumer insight company Kantar and its data visualisation partner David McCandless have announced the line-up of judges for this year’s inaugural Information is Beautiful Awards – the first ever global awards scheme to celebrate excellence in data viz and information design.

Kantar creative director Aziz Cami and David McCandless will be joined on the judging panel by: musician and artistic polymath Brian Eno, cultural curator, writer and master blogger Maria Popova, The Guardian’s datablog editor Simon Rogers and MOMA senior curator Paola Antonelli, responsible for MOMA’s seminal exhibition on data visualisation in 2008.

Additional judges will be announced shortly for the corporate sector award, while three of the total of 27 awards will be judged by the on-line community. More details and biogs for all the judges can be found on the awards website.

“The awards have taken off in a way that we could barely have imagined, with both the number and standard of entries wildly exceeding our expectations,” said Cami. “I’m thrilled that Brian, Maria, Simon and Paola have agreed to help David and I set the bar for the annual awards which will showcase the best of the best in this exciting field.”

The “Information is Beautiful – inspired by Kantar” awards, named after McCandless’ best-selling book and website, were launched in September last year at and proved an instant hit with the creative community, attracting hundreds of entries to its monthly on-line creative contests.

The annual awards have been open for entries since February 24th charging a nominal fee per entry. Entries will be accepted on-line up until April 30th with a shortlist due to be announced on 4th June. Winners will be unveiled at an event later in June.

Gold, silver and bronze awards (with cash prizes of $1,000, $500 and $250 respectively) will be made across the six principal categories: data visualisation, infographics/infodesign, interactive visualisation, data journalism, motion infographics and tool/website.

In addition, there are one-off special awards worth $2,000: information art, studio award, best individual contribution, student award and the corporate award.

An overall “Ultimate” award worth $5,000 will be made to the entry deemed “most beautiful” by the judges. All the winners will receive a special certificate and a very special object. Plus all winners and all shortlisted entrants receive a personally signed copy of David McCandless’ best-selling book, Information is Beautiful.

For further information please contact Lindsay McMurdo at Kantar on +44 207 656 5486,

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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