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The Webby Awards: Data Viz edition

The 'Oscars of the Internet" were filled with visualization awesomeness. Check out some of the best projects.

May 2, 2013

Last Tuesday (April, 30), the list with the names of all the 2013 Webby awards winners was released, and data visualization was all over the place, in several categories. We’ll be focusing only on some of those projects/initiatives in this post, but we have to mention, before anything else, the Lifetime Achievement Webby Award to Steve Wilhite in recognition of inventing the GIF file format. Well deserved!

 

Partial screen capture of the Webby awards website
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Not related to data visualization but particularly interesting for us were the five awards Tumblr won (including Best Community-General Website), as well as the four that Pinterest, the top Social Media website of the year, took. If you follow us on social media channels you know how much we like (and use) these two platforms. Congratulations!

The Webby Winners are chosen by The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences – a global organization of industry experts and technology innovaters that includes names such as David Bowie, Arianna Huffington and Twitter Co-founder Biz Stone -, and by internet fans (the People’s Voice Winners).

And what was like for data visualization this year? Well, some of the projects presented here might not fit the strict definition of data visualization. Despite that, we felt that they were close enough to be part of this selection, and definitively worth exploring:

 

Stories From | The Tiziano project | Nominee in Activism category

 Partial screen capture of the Webby awards Nominee in Activism Category,Stories From - The Tiziano project -
Stories From – The Tiziano project – Nominee in Activism category

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Century of the Child | MOMA | Nominee in Art category

Partial screen capture of the Webby awards Nominee in Art Category, Century of the Child - MOMA
(image: Century of the Child – MOMA – Nominee in Art Category)

AFL-CIO Work connects us all | SS+K | Nominee in Associations Category

Partial screen capture of the Webby awards NomineeWork connects us all - SS+K - Nominee in Associations Category
(image: Work connects us all – SS+K – Nominee in Associations Category

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More Than a map – Google Maps API | Google | People’s Voice in Best Navigation/Structure and Winner/People’s Voice in Corporate Communications

(image: More Than a map - Google Maps API - Google - People's Voice in Best Navigation/ Structure)
(image: More Than a map – Google Maps API – Google – People’s Voice in Best Navigation/ Structure)

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Rei 1440 Project | BBDO Atlanta | Nominee in Best Navigation/Structure

Rei 1440 Project - BBDO Atlanta - Nominee in Best Navigation / Structure)
(image: Rei 1440 Project – BBDO Atlanta – Nominee in Best Navigation / Structure)

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Sound Ecology | NFBC | Nominee in Use of Animation or Motion Graphics

Sound Ecology - NFBC - Nominee in Use of Animation or Motion Graphics
(image: Sound Ecology – NFBC – Nominee in Use of Animation or Motion Graphics)

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The Creativity Test | Anorak & Good Moning | People’s Voice in Best Use of Animation or Motion Graphics Category

(image: The Creativity Test | Anorak & Good Moning | People's Voice in Best Use of Animation or Motion Graphics Category)
(image: The Creativity Test | Anorak & Good Moning | People’s Voice in Best Use of Animation or Motion Graphics Category)

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Chrome Web Lab | Google Creative Lab | People’s Voice in Best Visual Design – Aesthetic Category

Chrome Web Lab | Google Creative Lab | People's Voice in Best Visual Design - Aesthetic Category
(image: Chrome Web Lab | Google Creative Lab | People’s Voice in Best Visual Design – Aesthetic Category)

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Best Global Brands 2012 | Interbrand | Nominee in Best Visual Design – Function Category

Best Global Brands 2012 | Interbrand | Nominee in Best Visual Design - Function Category
(image: Best Global Brands 2012 | Interbrand | Nominee in Best Visual Design – Function Category)

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Build with Chrome | Google | Nominee in Best Visual Design – Function Category

Build with Chrome | Google | Nominee in Best Visual Design - Function Category
(image: Build with Chrome | Google | Nominee in Best Visual Design – Function Category)

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Fuck Cancer | Fuck Cancer | Nominee in Charitable Organizations/Non-Profit Category

Fuck Cancer | Nominee in Charitable Organizations/Non-Profit Category
(image: Fuck Cancer | Nominee in Charitable Organizations/Non-Profit Category)

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City Forward| IBM Interactive | Winner in Corporate Social Responsibility Category

City Forward| IBM Interactive | Winner in Corporate Social Responsibility Category
(image: City Forward| IBM Interactive | Winner in Corporate Social Responsibility Category)

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Energy Realities | National Geographic | Nominee in Corporate Social Responsibility Category

Energy Realities | National Geographic | Nominee in Corporate Social Responsibility Category
(image: Energy Realities | National Geographic | Nominee in Corporate Social Responsibility Category )

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TEDX Interactive Brain | TED | People’s Voice in Events Category

TEDX Interactive Brain | TED |  People's Voice in Events Category
(image: TEDX Interactive Brain | TED | People’s Voice in Events Category )

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CNN Ecosphere | CNN | Nominee in Events Category

CNN Ecosphere | CNN | Nominee in Events Category
(image: CNN Ecosphere | CNN | Nominee in Events Category)

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The Science of Persuation | Crowly Web | Nominee in Events Category

The Science of Persuation | Crowly Web | Nominee in Events Category
(image: The Science of Persuation | Crowly Web | Nominee in Events Category)

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Milwaukee Police News | Cramer-Kasselt | Winner in Government Category

Milwaukee Police News  | Cramer-Kasselt | Winner in Government Category)
(image: Milwaukee Police News | Cramer-Kasselt | Winner in Government Category)

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NASA Solar System exploration| NASA | People’s Voice in Government Category and Science Category

NASA Solar System exploration| NASA | People's Voice in Government Category
(image: NASA Solar System exploration| NASA | People’s Voice in Government Category)

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100 Gallons | Powering a Nation | Nominee in Green Category

100 Gallons | Powering a Nation | Nominee in Green Category
(image: 100 Gallons | Powering a Nation | Nominee in Green Category)

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Bear 71 | NFB | Winner in NetArt Category

Bear 71 | NFB | Winner in NetArt Category
(image: Bear 71 | NFB | Winner in NetArt Category)

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Chrome Experiments 500 | Google | People’s Voice in NetArt Category

Chrome Experiments 500 | Google | People's Voice in NetArt Category
(image: Chrome Experiments 500 | Google | People’s Voice in NetArt Category)

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ASCII Street View | Teehan+Lax | Nominee in NetArt Category

ASCII Street View | Teehan+Lax | Nominee in NetArt Category
(image: ASCII Street View | Teehan+Lax | Nominee in NetArt Category)

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Form follows Function | Jongmin Kim | Nominee in NetArt Category

 Form follows Function | Jongmin Kim | Nominee in NetArt Category
(image: Form follows Function | Jongmin Kim | Nominee in NetArt Category)

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Table of Digital Elements | Cadient Group | Nominee in Professional Services Category

Table of Digital Elements | Cadient Group | Nominee in Professional Services Category
(image: Table of Digital Elements | Cadient Group | Nominee in Professional Services Category)

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PadMapper| Nominee in Real Estate Category

PadMapper | Nominee in Real Estate
(image: PadMapper | Nominee in Real Estate)

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Goucher College Virtual Tour| Fastspot | Nominee in School/University Category

Goucher College Virtual Tour| Fastspot | Nominee in School/University Category
(image: Goucher College Virtual Tour| Fastspot | Nominee in School/University Category)

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The Genographic Project | National Geographic | Nominee in Science Category

The Genographic Project | National Geographic | Nominee in Science Category
(image: The Genographic Project | National Geographic | Nominee in Science Category)

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Walking with Dinosaurs | RED Interactive Agency | Nominee in Science Category

Walking with Dinosaurs | RED Interactive Agency | Nominee in Science Category
(image: Walking with Dinosaurs | RED Interactive Agency | Nominee in Science Category)

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100.000 Stars| Google Creative lab | Nominee in Science Category

Walking with Dinosaurs | RED Interactive Agecy | Nominee in Science Category

(image: Walking with Dinosaurs | RED Interactive Agecy | Nominee in Science Category)

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An-Ni Wang’s Interactive Resume | An-Ni Wang | Nominee in Self-Promotion/Portfolio Category

An-Ni Wang's Interactive Resume | An-Ni Wang | Nominee in Self-Promotion/Portfolio Category
(image: An-Ni Wang’s Interactive Resume | An-Ni Wang | Nominee in Self-Promotion/Portfolio Category)

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Visual.ly | Nominee in Web Services & Applications Category

Visually | Nominee in Web Services & Applications
(image: Visually | Nominee in Web Services & Applications

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Sandrific | Elizabeth Kimak | Nominee in Weird Category

Sandrific | Elizabeth Kimak | Nominee in Weird Category
(image: Sandrific | Elizabeth Kimak | Nominee in Weird Category)

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The Trip | Unit 19 | | People’s Voice in Best Use of Interactive Video Category

The Trip | Unit 19 | | People's Voice in Best Use of Interactive Video Category
(image: The Trip | Unit 19 | | People’s Voice in Best Use of Interactive Video Category)

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Pop-up Politics | NPR | | Nominee in News & Politics: Series Category

Pop-up Politics | NPR | | Nominee in News & Politics: Series Category
(image: Pop-up Politics | NPR | | Nominee in News & Politics: Series Category)

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The Power and the Pitfalls of Big Data | Ford Foundation | Nominee in Technology Category

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Zero Day: Exploring cyberspace as a new domain of war | The Washington Post | Nominee in Technology Category

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The biggest champions league final of all time | Adidas | Winner in Online Campaigns Category

The biggest champions league final of all time | Adidas | Nominee in Best Use of Online Media Category
(image: The biggest champions league final of all time | Adidas | Nominee in Best Use of Online Media Category)

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PNC’s Christmas Price Index | Deutch Inc | Nominee in Financial Services & Insurance Category

PNC's Christmas Price Index | Deutch Inc | Nominee in Financial Services & Insurance Category
(image: PNC’s Christmas Price Index | Deutch Inc | Nominee in Financial Services & Insurance Category)

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Google Maps for iPhone | Google | Winner and People’s Voice in Best Use of GPS or Location Technology and in Best User Experience

Google Maps for iPhone Winner and People's Voice in Best Use of GPS or Location Technology and in Best User Experience
(image: Google Maps for iPhone | Winner and People’s Voice in Best Use of GPS or Location Technology and in Best User Experience)

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Leonardo da Vinci: Anatomy | Royal Collection Trust | Winner in Education & Reference (Tablet & All Other Devices) Category

Leonardo  da Vinci: Anaomy | Royal Collection Trust | Winner in Education & Reference (Tablet & All Other Devices) Category
(image: Leonardo da Vinci: Anaomy | Royal Collection Trust | Winner in Education & Reference (Tablet & All Other Devices) Category)

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The Human face of Big Data | Against all odds Productions | People’s Voice in Education & Reference (Tablet & All Other Devices) Category

The Human face of Big data | Against all odds Productions | People's Voice in Education & Reference (Tablet & All Other Devices) Category
(image: The Human face of Big data | Against all odds Productions | People’s Voice in Education & Reference (Tablet & All Other Devices) Category)

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Of course that were many other sites and projects worth of notice. The New Yorker’s award for Best Writing (Editorial), a category that had also The Guardian as a nominee; The New York Times was recognized as the best News & Information content provider and FiveThirtyEight won in the Political Blog category; National Geographic’s Intelligent Travel Blog was nominated to the Blog – Cultural category; the News Category features The Hunffington Post, The New York Times, the BBC, and NPR, and The Daily Beast was the winner, and so on.

If you want to find out more about the Webby Awards, head out to their website’s facts and stats section, and don’t forget to check out the full list of winners here.

 

Links: Webby Awards 2013 winners

Written by Tiago Veloso

Tiago Veloso is the founder and editor of Visualoop and Visualoop Brasil . He is Portuguese, currently based in Bonito, Brazil.

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