FEATURE21 November 2013

Winning is beautiful

News UK

Stunning examples of data design were on display last night at the second annual Information is Beautiful Awards. Here, we showcase the winners in all their glory.

The awards, sponsored by Kantar, celebrate excellence in data visualization and information design. Winners were selected by a panel of judges, chaired by Information is Beautiful founder David McCandless and Kantar creative director Aziz Cami. Other members of the panel included president of the Rhode Island school of design John Maeda, editor of Creative Review Patrick Burgoyne and London-based designer and data artist Stefanie Posavec.

The categories were: Data Visualization; Infographic; Interactive Visualization; Motion Infographic; Tool or Website; and a number of Special Awards.

Winners in the key categories were:

Nobels, no degree


Accurat won the gold prize for Data Visualization with its visualisation of Nobel Prizes and graduate qualifications from 1901 to 2012.

Global Warning


Derek Kim won the gold prize in the Infographic category for his visual survey of events and statistics summarising the economic crisis of 2007-2008 and its remnants on the current economy.

Bloomberg Billionaires Index


Bloomberg Visual won both the gold prize in the Interactive Visualization category and the grand prize in the Most Beautiful category for its daily ranking of the world’s richest people.

The Solar System: Our Home in Space


Philipp Dettmer, Stephan Rether, Cathrin Ziegler and Thomas Veith won gold in the Motion Infographic category with their trip through the solar system, visiting planets, asteroids and the sun.



Uldis Leiterts, Raimonds Kaze and Alise Semjonova won gold in the Tool or Website category for their infographic creation tool.

The silver, bronze and ‘honourable mentions’, as well as winners from other categories, can be found here.