Monday, 10th December 2018

Kantar Information is Beautiful Awards announces its 2018 winners

The winners of the Kantar Information is Beautiful Awards 2018 have been announced at the award ceremony in New York. Recognising global excellence in data visualization, infographics and information design, prizes amounting to $30,000 were awarded to winners across 10 categories, from Current Affairs and Breaking News, to Pop Culture, Entertainment and Arts.

Each entry was judged by a panel of 40+ experts from organisations like Walt Disney StudioLab and the Saatchi Gallery, as well as a public vote, with voters advised to make their decision based on those infographics that demonstrated the best mix of information, function, story and visual beauty. In short, their effectiveness.

David McCandless, founder of Information is Beautiful, commented: “Every year we celebrate the role that creative visualizations and designed data play in increasing awareness, demystifying research, and illustrating the gravity of global issues like gender inequality. Really well-made visualisations can bring clarity and help us navigate and find meaning in the seas of information and data surrounding - and maybe drowning - us.”

Among the winners are Lena Groeger who received the Most Impressive Individual prize for her 'Where Are All The Jobs Trump Promised?’ and other data-driven projects for nonprofit media outlet ProPublica.

This year’s winner of the Outstanding Outfit prize is the Reuters Graphics team, led by Matthew Weber the newswire’s global head of graphics. Their shortlisted pieces tackled a variety of issues including the Myanmar- Rohingya Crisis (link) and the true unseen extent of industrialized fishing (link)

NYC was considered a home venue this year after many entries on American topics from US-based creators. How America Uses Its Land (from Bloomberg), Bussed Out - A Guardian piece exploring how cities pay busloads of homeless people to leave their areas, and data-driven investigations of headline issues such as trade wars and immigration.
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