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.
- Bow down witches, it's a Best of the (cob)Web Halloween special!
- Photographer Philippe Chancel captures North Korea’s intensely choreographed ceremonies
- From a family-run “famzine” to a 30p grime mag, it's October's Things
- Wellcome Collection publishes book of early infographics, charts and diagrams for organising nature
- Sophie Koko Gate, an animator with immense illustrative skill
- Artist and illustrator Jamie Johnson's gently surreal compositions
- Bompas & Parr explores the strange world of sploshing (NSFW)
- Working Not Working reveals the top 50 companies creatives would kill to work for
- Kodak returns to its 1970s symbol, joining the retrobrand bandwagon
- Kodak unveils the Ektra: its first ever smartphone
- Retracing and recreating historic reggae record sleeves with photographer Alex Bartsch
- William Knight's socially conscious portfolio of graphic design