Infographics are usually thought of as a purely digital medium, but the overall winners of this year's Kantar Information Is Beautiful Awards have created a wonderful hand-drawn project that reflects the personal nature of the data it's recording.
Dear Data was conceived by two infographic designers, London-based Stefanie Posavec and New Yorker Giorgia Lupi. They recorded information about something in their lives, and every week hand-rendered it into infographics on postcards – which they then sent to each other and posted on the Dear Data website.
Image: Giorgia's record of the how often she laughed – and how often she got others to laugh.
So much of information design has become about producing a form that's interactive and/or algorithmically created – so it's really refreshing to see something where the hand of the creator is apparent in the work.
Image: Stefanie's matched rendering of the laughter in her life.
Gold Award: Infographics
The Gold Award for Infographics went to Rare Earth Elements by Mark-Jan Bludau. This is a series of posterd that explain why such elements are instrumental to our economy – and the environmental dangers associated with her.
Gold Award: Data Visualisation
Gold Award: Interactive
How Ebola Spreads is by Lazaro Gamio and Bonnie Berkowitz at the Washington Post. It's a visual simulation showing how ebola spreads more slowly than other diseases – but kills more often.
Gold Award: Motion infographic
The Fallen of WW2 by Neil Halloran is a 15-minute interactive documentary about the death toll of the Second World War.
Gold Award: Data journalism
The infographics show how Germany is still two countries within one, even 17 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Gold Award: Mini and Mobile Visualisation
Gold Award: Free Dataviz Tool
Gold Award: Student
Gold Award: Community Vote
Gold Award: Internal Business Project
After the Flood is a way to view London's boroughs using colours to demostrate differences in any criteria.