Hans Rosling – the World’s Greatest Data-Storyteller
Very sad to hear that Hans Rosling has passed away. Such a grand ninja of dataviz. His spectacular talks convinced me that data stories could be enlightening, illuminating, and entertaining – all at the same time.
Some of his best sequences:
» Five ways the world is doing better than you think (2013) – people are healthier, better educated than you might think
» 200 countries, 200 years, 4 minutes (2010) – health data in visual space
» The best stats you’ve ever seen (2006) – debunking myths about the so-called “developing world”
And heartfelt obits:
» NY Times: Rosling was “a Swedish doctor who transformed himself into a pop-star statistician”
» Guardian – “a kind and constantly curious genius”
» The Economist “a natural showman”
Thank you Hans.
International Number Ones
Because every country is the best at something – if you look hard enough for the data.
Maternity leave? Scrabble players? Rubber glove exports? See where YOUR country is a world-beater.
» Our popular International Number Ones graphic, now updated
» Check out the data for the full list of countries & more info on each
The Best Dataviz of the Year: The IIB Awards Winners 2016
Check out the winners of the Information is Beautiful Awards 2016.
Tough contest. Some of the best work we’ve seen in the last five years.
» All winners
Thank you to everyone who entered their beautiful work and stoked us all with inspiration and envy.
Help pick the 2016 IIB Awards winners
For the year’s most eye-sizzling, thought-provoking data visualizations & infographics, check out the 2016 Kantar Information is Beautiful Awards shortlist.
Here’s the shortlist:
» Data visualization – a singular viz (maybe with some slight interaction)
» Infographic – a series of visualisations along a theme or story
» Dataviz project – a piece involving multiple viz, could be a book / site / exhibition
» Data journalism – graphics and longform copy working together
» Interactive Visualization – filtering, sorting, manipulation, exploration
» Dataviz website – the go-to place for inspiration and new work
Your vote decides the winner of our Community award and counts alongside the opinions of our 30+ expert judges. Explore the six public categories, pick the graphic or interactive you like the most, and hit the grey Vote button on the right.
Voting closes Tues 11 Oct 11:59pm PST. Winners announced Weds 2 Nov.
» Read more on the Awards site
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Longlist announced: the Kantar Information is Beautiful Awards 2016
More entries than ever before in the 2016 edition of our global dataviz awards.
Here’s the longlist:
» Data visualisation (a singular viz)
» Infographic (a series of visualisations along a theme or story)
» Dataviz project (a piece involving multiple vizzes like a book)
» Data journalism (graphics and long form copy together)
» Best Dataviz website
Shortlist revealed Tues 27 Sep, with a visitor vote where you can help decide who wins.
Winners will be announced London Weds 2nd Nov, sharing $30,000 in prizes.
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Information is Beautiful 7th Anniversary “Micro-Retro-Edition”
For just $1.99 US or £1.49 UK own a special retro Kindle edition of our first infographic book, Information is Beautiful. (published as the Visual Miscellaneum in the US)
We didn’t expect to be releasing this. It was just a funny experiment. Could we take a chunky visual feast of a book and distill it down to a series of black’n’white data pills?
So we started playing. And, to our surprise, it worked. It really worked.
After reworking and revisioning every single image of Information is Beautiful we discarded the many more complex infographics which didn’t hit home. Sniggered at the few that shouldn’t have converted, but did. Crunched them all down, enjoying the creative limits and odd charms of Kindle retro-tech.
(I love its smudgy 8-bitness. The grayscale. The way the previous screen ghosts-under and illuminates the next)
Actually this book might illuminate a key aspect of infography and data-visualization that is often forgotten. This is: concept. If the concept for your graphic is strong and clear, the information design doesn’t have to be complex or wall-sized or interactive – or even colourful. Better, small graphics can be slipped quietly into your mind on the train, on the bus, in the bath…
Wherever you end up reading this, I hope it tastes sweet.
Get the Kindle Edition for £1.49 UK / $1.99 US