Information is Beautiful: 2013 award winners

by thewheatandthechaff


This gold-winning visualisation above explores the story of Nobel prizes through years. Visualised for each laureate are prize category, year the prize was awarded, and age of the recipient at the time, as well as principal academic affiliations and hometown. Each dot represents a Nobel laureate, and each recipient is positioned according to the year the prize was awarded (x axis) and his or her age at the time of the award (y axis).


Silver: In How To Win An Oscar, David Shaw and Christian Tate analysed the characters played by every winner of an ‘actor/actress in a leading role’ Oscar since 1928 to work out the parts which most reliably lead to glory. Historic South American criminals, it appears, need not apply.


Bronze: Emoto captured and visu­al­ised the global response around the London 2012 Olympic Games on Twitter. The project consisted of an interactive online visualization, realtime data-journalism experiments and its core component: the phys­ical data sculpture presented above.

Honourable mentions:


A taxonomy of comic book characters with animals in their name.


This work visualises nearly 95 million casualties of war from the 20th century. Data made available by The Polynational War Memorial make clear that war was a near-constant characteristic – allowing just two years of peace – in the last century. Given the sheer magnitude of war’s toll, this visualisation only considers conflicts exceeding 10,000 deaths – yet, in the static form, it is still not feasible to label every conflict. The overall composition reveals patterns in the timing, duration, involvement and human toll of war.



Gold: “Global Warning” is a visual survey of events and statistics summarising the economic crisis of 2007-2008 and its remnants on the current economy.

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Silver: From his early silent films in the UK to his ‘golden years’ at Paramount, Alfred Hitchcock returned to the same motifs and themes time and time again. Here we analyse some of these trademark obsessions. Warning: there are spoilers throughout.


Bronze: Why Healthcare is so expensive -World renowned author and businessman Steven Brill has detailed what a huge mess the U.S. is in regarding health care, hospitalisation, procedures, and drug costs, and postulates what we can do about it.


Honourable mention: Making the quantity of all human produced objects feasible which circulate around our planet might be difficult to imagine. So ixtract GmbH built a storyline that picks up the subject from different perspectives. Based on the satellite tracking data from AGI they mainly focused on an accurate comparison of all 1013 active and 4919 passive satellites and rocket stages, which are floating far above our heads.

Make sure you head over to the website to have a proper look at all the winners, including some great interactive and video stuff (Bitcoin explained, posted on this blog on Monday, is in there too).