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