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(Science) Information is Beautiful - Part 4

The last post of this series about the finalists of one of the world's top data viz competitions

November 10, 2014

This is the last post regarding works about science and technology that are finalists of the “Kantar Information is Beautiful” awards 2014. The winners will be announced in London this week (12th of November) and the judges are renowned professionals such as Alberto Cairo, David McCandless, Stefanie Posavec, Duncan Swain and Nathan Yau.

Make sure you don’t miss it – and good luck to all the participants!


Beyond Bytes – Maral Pourkazemi & Florian Köhne. Narrated by Justin Beard and music by Albrecht Schrader

This is an animated infographic illustrating the censorship in internet access in Iran.  “In Iran, people are surfing through a filtered and censored internet. Private households are limited to painfully slow connections, while service providers are forced to filter the web, making thousands of websites inaccessible. Iran’s new Cyber Crimes Law is vague and unreasonable and is being used to inflict harsh punishments on computer users. Some Iranians however use technologies to break free of the ‘halal’ net” [source: 1].

The animation combines narration and image in a very fluid way!


For the Love of Mountains – Al Boardman. Music by Andrea Baroni

From Everest do Kilimanjaro, this video presents “numbers about mountains” of the world, identifying the highest, the most difficult to climb, the one with the highest active vulcano, etc. 

Foodborne Illness – National Geographic Society

This video (link) explores the problem of illnesses caused by what we eat. A problem difficult to track both because many cases are not reported and also because there are many causes for them like the bad transportation conditions or the carelessness in the kitchens.


Why You Are Still Alive: the Immune System Explained –  Kurzgesagt

This video uses a creative way of explaining the complexity of functions and interactions between the different cells of the immune system. The authors also make use of metaphors (“The immune system is a powerful army of cells that fights like a T-Rex on speed and sacrifices itself for your survival” ) to make it easier to understand the several functions of cells of the immune system and the process of  immune response.


BBC Knowledge Explainer: Pregnancy – TellyJuice

This is a video commissioned by BBC explaining the several stages of pregnancy, from fertilization to the birth of the baby. This is part of a forthcoming project by BBC called “BBC Knowledge & Learning” and benefited from the consultancy of the Professor of Obstetrics at Kings College London.

The fabulous quality of the graphic work certainly caught my attention!

Everything You Need to Know about Planet Earth – Kurzgesagt

This is an interesting video that briefly explains the formation of earth, contextualizes the beginning of life in our planet, shows the big picture regarding the relative thickness of earth layers, explains some aspects relative  to earths’ magnetic field and the air.

These are some very interesting works, worth taking a look at!

Written by Susana Pereira

Susana Simões Pereira, maths teacher and PhD in science teaching and communication. I enjoy games and photography and I'm passionate for science and art, specially when together in the same context. You can follow my updates on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.