FEATURE11 January 2013

Award-winning design


We showcase eight of the best pieces of data visualisation work that competed in the recent Kantar-sponsored Information is Beautiful Awards.


Cover Mania

Michele Mauri won gold in the Infographic category for ‘Cover Mania’, which shows the most covered artists of each year, based on the WhoSampled.com database.

Envisioning emerging technology

Michell Zappa won silver in the Infographic category for ‘Envisioning emerging technology’. Each node is sized according to the importance of the technology it represents. The bigger the outline, the larger the consumer impact.

Visual CV

Paulo Estriga won bronze in the Infographic category for his visual CV. The main image represents his two career stages to date, with each segment colour coded according to the type of experience.

Peter Orntoft

Peter Orntoft won gold in the Data Visualisation category. His work is based on opinion poll data measuring Danish attitudes to the Muslim headscarf in various public occupations.

Lunar calendar

Dimitre Lima won bronze in the Data Visualisation category for his lunar calendar, charting the phases of the moon for 2012. His 2013 edition is now available.


‘Notabilia’ was the Interactive Visualisation category winner. It’s a way of exploring the Articles for Deletion discussions among Wikipedia editors. Straight lines are controversial debates while curly lines are unanimous.

The Evolution of the Web

Interactive bronze medal winner ‘The Evolution of the Web’ plots the various different browsers on a timeline. The colour bands represent the interaction between web technologies and browsers.

Timeline of the Universe

Omid Kashan’s ‘Timeline of the Universe’ won the Student Award. It’s complex – print orders “come with instructions” – but there’s no denying its visual appeal.

  • Now let Research showcase your data visualisation work
    As a companion to this gallery we’re looking to compile the best of the data vis work that the research industry has to offer. Email high-res versions of your designs to brian.tarran@researchmagazine.co.uk with the subject line ‘Data vis gallery’.