5 of my favorites from the Information is Beautiful Awards shortlist.

Gathering many of the effective data-driven visuals and stories on a vast range of topics from through the year, there’s a lot to love about the Kantar Information is Beautiful Awards. Entries are open to a wide range participants, from rising star to established and specialised studios, also making it a nice way to see what the big guys are doing as well as new players.

With each visual packaging data in a comprehendible way, conversation begins to occur when more people understand, which means the insights are shared wider – it should come as no surprise that these awards exhibit something we here at Datylon are very passionate about.

As we continue to refine our own product we hope that in the coming years a Datylon-produced data story will make the shortlist of stunning and effective entries. But in the meantime here are 5 entries from this year’s shortlist that I found intriguing.

I also highly recommend taking some time to explore the full shortlist of 2018 entries, and if you don’t walk away having learnt something or been enlightened by a design I will be very surprised!

Here's my list.

I have included entries from a broad range of categories to show the many applications for designing and visualising data.

From the Arts, Entertainment & Culture category:

Frames of Mind by Alberto Lucas López, National Geographic

An insight into one of the world’s most famous artists, this piece boils down the recurring themes within 8000 of Picasso’s works. This remarkable visual not only beautifully displays the information in a style that pays homage to the master’s iconic style, but it also represents the proportion category and subcategory works based on scale. Explore the visual.

From the Breaking News category:

Florence Tracker by The Guardian: Latest maps show hurricane path and rainfall

When live data can be used to raise awareness, reduce destruction, organise response and save lives. Communicating the live story of Hurricane Florence’s path, the way that these visuals convey a range of complex weather data means details on the disaster can be quickly and clearly and easily conveyed and understood. See the storm summary.

From the Humanitarian category:

Life in the Camps by Reuters

Reminding me of the renowned John Snow visual, this data story charts the rate of growth and dangerous layout developments in one of the world’s largest refugee camps. Presenting hard to see and therefore often overlooked information on living conditions and the developing health risks associated, it succeeds as a powerful way to reveal the story in order to bring about action before more harm ensues. View the page.

From the Science and Technology category:

Searching for Health by Google News Lab

Another wellbeing related case, this time comparing what health concerns people are googling in relation to the actual mortality rates occurring for that specific area. Data is attached to almost everything we now do, and often exploring correlations can uncover interesting insights for campaigns to alleviate under-pressure medical sectors and improve overall quality of life. Check out the details.

From the Leisure, Games and Sport category:

Good Dogs by Reuters

Finishing my list on something a little lighter, this data story reflects a certain someone’s animal obsession… Interesting none the less to see how dog breeds and types have evolved through the decades with the other significant events and lifestyle changes occurring over time. Examine the dogs.

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