Oh this is going to be good!


Hello. I’m David McCandless. I’m the creator of Information Is Beautiful – a site dedicated to visualizing and designing information. I’m setting up these awards and I’m very excited.

The inspiration for this enterprise is simple: the sheer force of creativity in this community. Just on Information is Beautiful alone, the contributions, comments and feedback have been incredible. Such amazing people. Such great, curious, uncompromising minds. It’s really sharpened, enhanced and, um, quite often, corrected, the work, data and ideas I’ve posted. Thank you all!

Hopefully this is a way I can give something back. Creative challenges, cash prizes, software gifts, attention, feedback, support, fame. Stick your hand in the fruit bowl. Whatever it takes to get your creative juices flowing and to help the visualization of great ideas and important data and information.

how will it work?

Inevitably, I’ve created an infographic to explain.

Information Is Beautiful Awards diagram


So we’re combining a traditional yearly creative awards – submissions, categories, judges, end of year prizes etc – with non-traditional monthly creative challenges.

So if you’ve created some visualisation work – in any language, in any medium, for any reason -  you can submit that now to the yearly awards.

There’s a small fee to enter. It is small though. Awards that celebrate creativity online but then charge you $200 to enter turn me off. So the fee to enter your work into the IiB Awards is just $10 (£6, €7).

That’s high enough to stop us being deluged. Low enough to get as much work on the table as possible.

Submitted work will appear on a visual stream on this site for all to see. Kind of like a tumblr. And may also be featured on our homepage and on informationisbeautiful.net too.

We’re inviting submissions from all over the world, in all media, across all subjects. We’ve got some incredible judges lined-up to judge the first awards in a year’s time. So stay tuned.

the challenges

I’d also like to invite you to partake in our monthly challenges. Every month, we’ll be giving out some data or a concept and asking you to visualise your interpretation. If you win one of those, you’ll not only bag some cash prizes – your work will also be automatically shortlisted for the yearly awards.

Oh and our Creative Challenges will have a twist. To be revealed. So sign up to be notified when we announce the first one.

that’s it!

Any questions? Comment below.
Want to submit? Visit here.


  1. Posted September 9, 2011 at 9:59 pm | Permalink

    Great to finally see an awards system set up for information design!

    However, are there any rules like a limit to how many pieces of work one person can submit for the yearly awards?

    • The Awards Team
      Posted September 12, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Permalink

      Hi Rino, thanks!
      You can submit more than one piece for the yearly competition and still participate in the monthly challenges.
      Just show us what you’ve got ; )

  2. slp
    Posted September 20, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Permalink

    I just downloaded the data for your first challenge and there are no units on the ‘reserves’ column – could you add units? Thanks.

    • The Awards Team
      Posted September 20, 2011 at 9:00 pm | Permalink

      Hi there, we will take a look at it and get back to you soon.

  3. slp
    Posted September 23, 2011 at 5:50 pm | Permalink

    One more question — when you estimate the number of years remaining assuming production remains static (column D) or production continues to grow at current rates (column E), how are you computing these? I’m assuming you are taking a mean from 2000-2009 or something like that from the global production data for each mineral, and for column D just taking the mean global production over a specified period and computing how many more years left at that rate, and for column E fitting a trend (?linear) to the last N years of data to get number of years remaining. I’d very much appreciate it if you could tell me exactly how these numbers were obtained.

  4. valerie poliakoff
    Posted September 23, 2011 at 9:17 pm | Permalink


    I was wondering if this is just for Kantar employees or open to anyone?


    • The Awards Team
      Posted September 30, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Permalink

      Hi Valerie, the context is open to everyone!

  5. Richard Miles
    Posted November 28, 2011 at 2:31 pm | Permalink

    interested in taking part in future challenges…

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