Information is Beautiful Awards 2014

The winners of this year’s Information is Beautiful Awards include a day in the life of a New York taxi, a comparison of selfie styles in five cities, an analysis of rap lyrics and an investigation into refugee movements

The winners of this year’s Information is Beautiful Awards include a day in the life of a New York taxi, a comparison of selfie styles in five cities, an analysis of rap lyrics and an investigation into refugee movements

Chris Whong’s NYC Taxis: A Day in the Life won Gold in Motion Infographics. It visualises taxi trip data from 2013, showing the activities of a single taxi on a single day. Whong obtained data on 170 million taxi trips from the NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission. The trips of 30 cabs were analysed for the project. As the data only included the start and end points for each trip, Whong ran the data through Google’s Directions API to map the most direct routes for each journey – although these are not necessarily exactly the same routes that the actual taxi took.


Gold for Data Visualisation went to Rappers, Sorted by Size of Vocabulary by Matthew Daniels. The piece tries to compare the vocabularies of hip hop artists with each other and with both Shakespeare and Moby Dick. It took the first 35,000 words used by each rapper in their lyrics, the first 5,000 words in seven Shakespeare plays and the first 35,000 words in Moby Dick and looked for how many unique words were used.


The Refugee Project by Hyperakt and Ekene Ijeoma won Gold for Interactive. “Working with technologist Ekene Ijeoma, we created an interactive experience that illuminates where and when refugees emigrate, as well as the complex stories of political, social and economic turmoil behind each displacement. By adding historical context to the shifting patterns of forced migration, we highlight the impact each crisis has on people’s lives,” say Hyperakt.

Deroy Peraza & Ekene Ijeoma: Visualized Feb 2014 New York from VISUALIZED on Vimeo.


In Infographics, RJ Andrews won Gold for Creative Routines. The piece visualises research by writer Mason Currey into how creative people organise their time in order to produce their work. “Some kept to the same disciplined regimen for decades while others locked in patterns only while working on specific works”. More here



Selfiecity by Moritz Stefaner won Gold in the Website category. The project analysed the demographics of people taking selfies, their poses and expressions in five cities. Shown below, for example, is a summary of the poses used by selfie-takers in Bangkok

“In every city we analysed, there are significantly more women selfies than men selfies (from 1.3 times as many in Bangkok to 1.9 times more in Berlin). Moscow is a strong outlier – here, we have 4.6 times more female than male selfies!” the creators say.


Sam Slover won the Student category for Wrap Genius: “For 12 weeks, I carefully tracked all of my grocery purchases and created a new visual framework to better understand it all. Where does my food come from? What are my healthiest and unhealthiest choices? Which foods have GMOs? I then created a Web framework that shows me all of this information and more. It’s a new type of dream food label, designed for the interests of the consumer.”


The Community award went to The Rite of Spring by Stephen Malinowski, an animated graphical score of Igor Stravinsky’s masterpiece


While the prize for the Most Beautiful project went to RAW by Density Design Research Lab, which also won the Tool category.


See allthis year’s award winners and more about the awards here


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