Our second $5000 information design challenge is on!

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

Information Is Beautiful Awards
We’ve got another pot of info-design gold to give away – and this time your work might land you on the Guardian Datablog.

Last month we ran our first visualization challenge. And, boy, did you peeps really rise to it.

And here’s our second challenge: MON€Y PANIC$!

The financial system, debt crises, recession fears, Wall St occupation, currency devaluation, collapse of the markets, the END OF THE WORLD! It’s all getting rather mind-boggling.

So we and the Guardian have found some juicy datasets we want you to use to explain what in the world is going on. Clearly. Understandably. Visibly.

Top prize is $2000 for a full design. Non-designers can win $1000 in our sketch-based napkin comp. All winners will feature on the Guardian Datablog.

We might add an interactive/motion-graphics string this time if we get enough entries.

All the info – dates, rules, guidelines, entry details – is over on the Information is Beautiful Awards site.

Now go show Gordon Gecko what you got. (You can take lunch, though.)

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  • Bert Timmermans

    Could someone provide all the information on tax cuts, -hikes, benefits, spending and its evolution across post-war legislatures in one graph? I was thinking about this when I was wading through this excellent but long and winding article: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/how-the-gop-became-the-party-of-the-rich-20111109

  • http://sparkedoff.blogspot.com/ professor pinkwinkel

    i have probed my research assistant, miss flo chart, on the matter in hand…and it would appear that this apparent manic maelstrom of financial and emotional data is relatively simple to analyze and conceptualize, my dear fellow:

    you see, the global economy is like a lunchbox – sometimes it’s big, sometimes it’s small, and sometimes it gets really fucked.

  • hanneke


    curious if anyone comes up with something more clarifying…

  • Participant

    So excited to see the shortlist! If by some miracle I’m on it, I’m confessing my love to David McCandless and applying for that junior designer position. (:

    Good Luck everyone (: !

    • Can’t Wait…

      What time is the shortlisting being announced?

      I have my fingers and toes crossed….

      • Participant

        I don’t know but it’s high time :), coming up on 10:30 PM in london.

        I wish they had been more specific about whether or not we HAVE to use the data given to us, or whether it should be a starting point. I took the data, complemented it with a bunch of other data, and now I’m not sure I should have done that.

        To the Challenge Authors, if the rule is that you must use the data given, then please put that in the section labeled RULES. And if you don’t have to, put that in there as well! Otherwise it is very confusing.

        • Cant Wait

          I read it that you could use other data sets. The data there was just a starting point. Reading it now I am not so sure that was the right thing.

          It would be good to see all the entries to see what was submitted rather than just knowing if you were shortlisted. I dont know if that would be possible?

          Any news on whether shortlisting is about to be annouced?

  • Participant

    ok seriously… what’s going on… the shortlist was due 2 days ago

    • Alex, Editor

      Hi Participant,

      The seconnd challenge shortlist will be announced today and featured in Guardian Datablog.

      Check for updates through our Twitter account @infobeautyaward or http://www.informationisbeautifulawards.com


      • Participant

        A mention on your twitter of when and where would have been nice. seeing as how you’re three days late and everyone worked hard to get their stuff in on time. Communication is beautiful.

        PS: the dates mentioned in the competition are impossible, the date the finalists are announced is a Wednesday, not a Friday.