It’s been a long time since we did a visualization challenge, so we thought we’d run out a special quick one.
It’s a bit of a transition point for us actually. Behind the scenes we’re working on a mega-refresh of The Awards. So see this viz challenge as a goodbye to this creaking old ship – a final burst of life before we launch our exciting new space cruiser!
Dataviz Challenge: Human Cost
The subject and data of this challenge is a serious one. The Price of a Human Life whether slavery, death, trafficking, now and in the past. Slavery and the trade in human life is considered an historical artefact. But it still very much persists in in the modern world.
To highlight this, we’ve sourced and inflation-adjusted figures from across history, ancient & modern, from the slaves of Rome to the civilian “collateral damage” of the Afghanistan War. We’ve also included some supplementary data from the UN on the global trafficking industry.
Warning: some of this data is shocking and upsetting.
See it here: http://bit.ly/human_costs
Knowledge is Beautiful
I was hoping to include a visualization of this data in my next book, Knowledge is Beautiful (pre-order Amazon US or UK). Unfortunately, I couldn’t come up with a way to visualize it. As it’s important knowledge, I thought I’d offer it out to the community and see what y’all could come up with.
So, as a bonus prize, the winning entry may well appear in my next book! I say “may” only because I’m actually pretty close to the deadline. So if I can squeeze it in, I will.
At the same time, as ever, we’re offering a range of cash prizes for shortlisted entries. We’re also welcoming hand-drawn entries for our “napkin” category too. So you needn’t be a designer to enter – find out more about that here.
Best of luck. I can’t wait to see what you do with this data.
The categories & prizes
- Static Visualization – Winner $1000, Runner Up $500
- Interactive Visualization – Winner $2000, Runner Up $750
- Napkin – Winner $500, Runner Up $250
Deadline for entries is Midnight EST, Monday 24 March 2014
My advice would be:
- Focus on the inflation-adjusted figures – this is the core data
- Include the supplementary data if you can make it work
- But don’t overwhelm the viz with too much information
- Similarly, you don’t have to plot all the inflation-adjusted data
- Use the filter of your interest and variety to decide what to include
- Research around the subject and include other data if you like
- But make sure any additional info is well-sourced
- You’ll get a confirmation we’ve received your entry but no other correspondence until we announce shortlist & winners. Sorry!
- Only one entry per person / team please
- You can enter just one category: static viz, interactive viz OR napkin
- Entries can be in any language
- Entries must include the data link: http://bit.ly/human_costs
- Entries must mention ‘The Kantar Information is Beautiful Awards’ somewhere
- Entries received after the closing date and time will not be counted in the competition
- All copyright remains your own, but by entering you give us permission to publish your work on our informationisbeautiful family of websites and in the Knowledge is Beautiful book (but we’ll ask you first).