‘Visualisations in the wild’ contest final: vote for your winner!

A couple of weeks ago I launched a contest for one lucky reader to win a full conference pass to the O’Reilly Strata ‘Making Data Work’ conference taking place in Santa Clara, CA in February 2011.

The theme of this contest was visualisations in the wild and the challenge was to submit a photo of a great example of best practice information design being used in everyday life. I was looking for unique examples that demonstrated the value and power of good visualisation practice, designs that help to make everyday life go by that little bit more smoothly.


The contest has now closed and I have narrowed it down to two entrants who now go forward as the finalists. One of these was submitted very early in the contest and was the clear leader until late yesterday evening when I received the other submission.

Originally I was going to judge the winner myself but I think it will be more fun and more democratic to open this process up. I would therefore like to invite Visualising Data readers, subscribers, followers and casual visitors to submit their choice for which is the best visualisation in the wild example (see below for instructions).

Visualisation A

(Click on image above for larger view or click here for the original AFSC design in pdf)

Entrant’s Description: 3ft Quaker appeal to spend on peace – not war. Shows % discretionary budget on military (red) and other categories. Powerful help to visualize and understand big numbers. The data is also available on http://www.oneminuteforpeace.org/budget in a pie chart, but I find the long strip to be much more powerful.

Visualisation B

(Click on image for larger view or click here for original demo of Duracell Powercheck)

Entrant’s Description: Duracel’s interactive animated single bar chart shows remaining battery charge in yellow when holding the battery on the dots.

Voting Instructions

Your assessment for choosing your preferred visualisation should be based on two criteria:

  1. How well the visualisation functions – the accuracy and clarity of the information exchange
  2. How elegant the visual design is – its visceral appeal

The only other rules are that the entrants themselves cannot submit a score and I also won’t accept any input from Sepp Blatter or anyone else at FIFA.

To submit your preference simply let me know which visualisation entry above (A or B) gets your vote either by commenting on this blog post below, sending me a tweet or sending me an email.

The closing date/time for all votes is 12:00 UK time on Monday 6th December. I’ll announce the winner shortly after.

Good luck to the finalists and thanks for all the entries!


Denise FeldmanDecember 3rd, 2010 at 6:02 pm

I like A.

spkDecember 3rd, 2010 at 6:07 pm

I vote for A. The over all size adds and the colors add to the impact.

B is simply a real time display of a single value – not so interesting except for the interactive part.

AdamDecember 3rd, 2010 at 6:11 pm

i pick A, because it lets you visualize something you probably never thought about, and in the process you get shocked and alarmed. B is clever, but it just tells you something between 1 and 100 when you already had a feeling about the answer (or else you wouldn’t have pushed the buttons).

Andy KirkDecember 3rd, 2010 at 6:12 pm

Thanks all so far!

Niels JansenDecember 3rd, 2010 at 7:25 pm

I vote for B

Geert-Jan BolDecember 3rd, 2010 at 8:15 pm

My vote for B

J. de HasethDecember 3rd, 2010 at 8:28 pm

Definitely B!

As that is a true ‘great example of best practice information design being used in everyday life’.

It made my life easier, never unexpectedly out of power anymore.

Joyce RobbinsDecember 3rd, 2010 at 9:18 pm

I vote for A. I like the way it communicates a complex concept in a simple, dramatic way.

Diana SchoenblumDecember 4th, 2010 at 3:06 am

I vote for A.

L. LIvingstonDecember 4th, 2010 at 4:30 am

This is a vote for A. The massive problem addressed by the graph is easily visualized, and the color red adds further emphasis to the presentation. L.Livingston

JolijnDecember 4th, 2010 at 10:29 am

My vote goes to B!

Amy JuvilerDecember 4th, 2010 at 11:53 am

I choose “A”because it is an original and much more effective. presentation of familiar data.

Guy EvansDecember 4th, 2010 at 1:15 pm

My vote goes to A, its a concise visualisation with a strong powerful message.

Russian SphinxDecember 4th, 2010 at 2:16 pm

I vote for B

I have never seen that kind of battery :)

marion olthoffDecember 4th, 2010 at 2:47 pm

very original.

marion olthoffDecember 4th, 2010 at 2:48 pm

of course I voted for B

Harriet BogradDecember 4th, 2010 at 3:11 pm

I vote for A. I also especially like the red, and the elegance design for this important message.

MystieDecember 4th, 2010 at 3:13 pm

I vote for A. Easy to understand with clear graphics.

Susan MerewitzDecember 4th, 2010 at 3:14 pm

I vote for A.

Jan BreemanDecember 4th, 2010 at 3:23 pm

My vote goes to B.

Angèle KusterDecember 4th, 2010 at 4:17 pm

I vote for B, because of it’s clarity and elegancy.

Hanny SpeekDecember 4th, 2010 at 4:56 pm

Hanny Speek
I vote for B

Andy KirkDecember 4th, 2010 at 5:34 pm

Thanks everyone for your votes so far!

Marge LipsonDecember 4th, 2010 at 6:12 pm

My vote goes to A. The design easily conveys an important concept in an attractive and understandable presentation!

Ellen BreemanDecember 4th, 2010 at 7:01 pm

My vote goes to B.

Bas SpruijtenburgDecember 4th, 2010 at 7:02 pm

My vote goes to B.

Marguerite van den BerghDecember 4th, 2010 at 7:06 pm

I vote for B!

Bernd AckermannDecember 4th, 2010 at 7:34 pm

Definitely B! Very helpful in everyday life!

RichDecember 4th, 2010 at 8:32 pm

I vote for A. It actually shows data, rather than general information.

Janice BreemanDecember 4th, 2010 at 10:05 pm

Interesting! I vote fot B

Janneke DerwortDecember 4th, 2010 at 11:15 pm

Mijn stem gaat naar B. Veel succes!

Margie KleinDecember 4th, 2010 at 11:33 pm

I vote for A. Simple, elegant, dramatic!

Ken KleinDecember 5th, 2010 at 3:33 am

I vote for A as the stronger choice – though I do appreciate those battery indicators as well.

Martha RodermondDecember 5th, 2010 at 9:58 am

I vote for B.

Gino ScalzoDecember 5th, 2010 at 10:03 am


Corrie ScalzoDecember 5th, 2010 at 10:07 am

My vote goes to B.

Walther BreemanDecember 5th, 2010 at 11:14 am

My vote is B

arjenDecember 5th, 2010 at 11:18 am

Both illustrate their purpose very clear. But my vote goes to B since it is useful for a bigger audience, everyone worldwide use batteries and i know even my grandmother is able to use it. So i vote for B

Jeroen MDecember 5th, 2010 at 12:13 pm

I vote for B

Matthijs BDecember 5th, 2010 at 12:17 pm

My vote goes to B!

Kees KaasenbroodDecember 5th, 2010 at 1:42 pm

I vote for B. (clarity)

Ger BreemanDecember 5th, 2010 at 2:11 pm

No doubt in my mind.
I vote for B

gerrit jan olthoffDecember 5th, 2010 at 4:35 pm

I vote for B

Walter LipsonDecember 5th, 2010 at 4:54 pm

I vote for “A”. It effectively clarifies the essence of the message.

Jasper KuperDecember 5th, 2010 at 6:08 pm


irma SarijoenDecember 5th, 2010 at 6:18 pm

I vote for B

Irene BlomDecember 5th, 2010 at 8:15 pm

My vote is for B!

Henk van AalderenDecember 5th, 2010 at 9:12 pm

I vote for B

Ed GronsveldDecember 5th, 2010 at 10:28 pm

I vote for B

MaureenDecember 5th, 2010 at 11:50 pm

of course B

RuudDecember 6th, 2010 at 1:05 am

With so many votes for B it seems almost unnecessary to vote once more for B, but I do!
Besides, I think it concerns an example of best practice information design being used in –everyday life–.
And, though my grandmother isn’t using it because she died a long time ago, it’s at least useful for me.
Voting B.

SarahDecember 6th, 2010 at 1:20 am

I vote for A. It made a powerful statement.

EdDecember 6th, 2010 at 1:21 am

A is my choice.

Lil GussDecember 6th, 2010 at 1:25 am

I prefer A.

Henk VeermanDecember 6th, 2010 at 7:58 am

Voting B

Martijn SDecember 6th, 2010 at 8:29 am

I vote for B

Yv0nn3 V3lz3b03rDecember 6th, 2010 at 8:31 am

one more vote for B!

Randy JDecember 6th, 2010 at 8:44 am

I vote for B! This person knows how to build websites. Great work delivered.

Robert SpeekDecember 6th, 2010 at 8:45 am

Also B!

George PapadapolisDecember 6th, 2010 at 9:11 am

B is the best!

-RoB-December 6th, 2010 at 9:15 am

My vote is for B. Nice composition!

C. KnoesterDecember 6th, 2010 at 9:25 am

I vote for B.

M. BreemanDecember 6th, 2010 at 9:38 am

I vote for B

Marijn de MunnikDecember 6th, 2010 at 9:55 am

I vote for B, definitely

Maaike KaasenbroodDecember 6th, 2010 at 9:56 am

I vote for B, it’s a clear message.

F.GroenDecember 6th, 2010 at 9:59 am

I vote for B

CüneytDecember 6th, 2010 at 10:02 am

My Vote goes to B.

The other one is to unclear

Harry LievaartDecember 6th, 2010 at 10:05 am

my vote: B.

J. KnoesterDecember 6th, 2010 at 10:30 am

I vote for B

Peter HendrikszDecember 6th, 2010 at 10:39 am

B is clearly the winner for me

Andy KirkDecember 6th, 2010 at 12:58 pm

Comments now closed, thanks to everyone who took part!