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Winners annnounced in first annual contest

28 September, 2012


LONDON — The winners of the inaugural Information Is Beautiful Awards – Inspired by Kantar, were announced last night (Thursday) at a very special event at London’s Institute of Contemporary Arts.

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

David McCandless, founder of Information Is Beautiful, presented the winning designers with a specially commissioned trophy and a share of the prize money provided by Kantar.

McCandless said: “Data visualisation is a rising trend across many domains - web, science, media, politics - and it’s a really artful, really tricky fusion of analysis, design and story-telling.

“But we’ve been blown away by the standard and variety of the entries. Big congratulations to all the winners. It’s been great to celebrate and support their talent.”

Aziz Cami, creative director of Kantar, added: “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. Thanks again to all our entrants.”

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 and the shortlist was announced on Friday 10 August.

The winners were selected by a 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 was invited to vote for the Community Award and their votes also contributed to the final totals.

The winners and runners up in each category – plus links to the Gold category winners – are listed below.

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About Information is Beautiful
Information is Beautiful is a pioneering network of journalists, creatives and technologists pushing the boundaries of data journalism and information design. Our passion is visualizing information – facts, data, ideas, subjects, issues, statistics, questions – all with the minimum of words. We’re fascinated with how designed information can help us understand the world, cut through clutter and reveal the hidden connections, patterns and stories beneath. Or, failing that, just look cool.

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 each and 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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