Visualizing the London 2012 Olympic Games Challenge Winners
On the heels of last night's spectacular Closing Ceremonies, we are happy to announce the winners of our Visualizing the London 2012 Olympics Challenge! With 29 entries and a fairly even distribution between static infographic and interactive projects, the competition was tough. Here are the visualizations that came out on top!
While many entries were strong in either data analysis or style, The Rising of Olympic Mountains by Christian Gross was strong in both and is the winner for the interactive category. The project took an interesting approach by arranging bar charts as visual representations of mountains, and still managed to convey statistics on participating nations, such as medals won, clearly and effectively through its solid, clean, and functional design.
Visually, Olympia by Felix Gonda is one of the most unique visualizations of the bunch, which earned it an honorable mention. Judges also appreciated the visualization's unifying and global spirit in representing all decorated nations and athletes.
Andy Kirk's The Pursuit of Faster also earned an honorable mention for its level of data analysis that was unmatched by most, if not all, of the challenge entries. Its focused and thorough narrative further distinguished the project from the other interactive entries.
In the static infographic category, judges selected Gold Fever by INFOGRAFIKA as the winning project. The visualization displays a lot of information as it examines the number of gold medals won in each sport by Australia, China, Germany, Russian, the United States of America and other countries for previous Summer Olympic Games. Its elegant design, however, ensures information is successfully conveyed. It is a great example of a visualization that is strong in both story and style.
Earning honorable mention in the category is Emily Schlickman's visualization Lighting Up the World. Unique in subject matter, tracing the torch relay over the past 76 years, and captivating in style with color-coded paths and Olympic flames, the project was a strong contender.
Ivo Afonso's Olympic Medal Winners takes home the prize for our first People's Choice Award. With the highest number of favorites, Afonso's visualization displays the top 3 medal winning countries of the Summer Games from 1896 to 2008.
Congratulations to all of the participants and everyone who voted! Our Olympics Gallery really added to our experience of the Games over the past two weeks, and we were astounded by the creativy and insight that the projects demonstrated. We're looking forward to more great work for Rio in 2016!