There’s so much top-quality infographic work appearing all the time that it was anomy ever a matter of time before someone decided that this area of visual communication needed its own awards. Luckily for all of us it’s the excellent David McCandless and his Information is Beautiful agency that have stepped up to the plate so we could rest assured the process was going to have integrity, and the just-released shortlist for the inaugural gongs is a humdinger. There’s six categories – data visualisation, infographic infodesign, interactive visualisation, data journalism, motion infographic and tool or website – and from climate change and immigration to someone’s CV and this history of science fiction there’s a an eclectic wealth of great work on offer.
There are some familiar projects on show (like the Fat or Fiction foodie infographic we covered earlier this year but there’s plenty of stuff we’d never come across too, so whether you’re an infographic anorak or just a sporadic enthusiast this site is well worth some of your time.
The winners will be announced at the end of September.
- Creative director David Lane tells us about redesigning frieze and creating campaigns for Hermés and Ally Capellino
- Photographer Zuza Krajewska's fragile portraits of Polish young offenders
- Anibal Bley’s Risograph zine experiments with glitchy patterns and illustrations
- CG Watkins’ narratively driven photography conveys mystery and escapism
- Sharp Type creates punchy typeface inspired by Swiss designer Adrian Frutiger
- Illustrator Susa Monteiro’s lonely figures battle the elements
- Grope Sans: a very rude typeface by Bompas & Parr
- Japanese graphic designer Ryu Mieno creates type-heavy works fizzing with energy
- The reductive and exacting work of graphic designer Laura Prim
- Why creative education for advertising is stuck in the dark ages
- Leipzig-based graphic designer Anja Kaiser takes us through her portfolio
- Nicolas Jaar releases Network, a book inspired by radio