Jordan Vincent wins Bronze at Kantar Information Is Beautiful Awards
__author__ = 'The Roam Team'
TL;DR We are pleased to announce that Roam UX Engineer Jordan Vincent won bronze in the Leisure, Games & Sport category at Kantar's 2018 Information Is Beautiful Awards for his exceptional data visualization work. His visualization allows outdoor lovers to explore all US National Parks and find the best time to visit.
The annual Information Is Beautiful Awards distinguish the best data visualization designers in the world. They are regarded as the most prestigious awards one can expect to win in this area.
Over 800 entries were submitted in this year's edition. The richness of the work produced is a reflection of the wide diversity of participants: from design, journalism, data science, engineering, and art. Many entries came from the press, such as National Geographic, The New York Times, The Financial Times, and Reuters, as well as renowned practitioners such as Moritz Stefaner, Federica Fragapane, and Nadieh Bremer. A panel of 47 judges from the industry selected the visualizations that would win the awards at the final ceremony, in New York City, on December 4, 2018.
What makes a great data visualization
Data visualization sits at the intersection of three main disciplines: data science, design, and communication. Therefore, judges are tasked with assessing each visualization along four dimensions:
- Information: How accurate and reliable the underlying data are.
- Story: How interesting the visualization is.
- Goal: How useful it is.
- Visual form: How clear and elegant it is.
Needless to say, it is not easy to select a winner given the breadth and quality of the work presented. Creativity is highly rewarded.
A night under the stars
Jordan Vincent, a UX Engineer at Roam, won the bronze in the Leisure, Games & Sport category! Jordan's visualization is an homage to the beautiful National Parks in the U.S. The piece elegantly displays the number of overnight stays by accommodation-type in each park. It highlights fascinating patterns. For instance, parks located in deserts, such as Joshua Tree, see their peak visitation numbers in Fall and Spring. Mountainous parks, like Yosemite, see their peak visitation in Summer. And the few visitors who come in Winter tend to stay in warm lodges.
"A Night under the stars" uses small multiples, a technique that shows each park as its own individual chart. Jordan developed a new type of chart called "onion ring chart", a variation on the traditional radar chart. It draws particular attention to large fluctuations in the data. It was developed using the charting library D3.js.
This technology also powers Roam's analytic visualizations. Are you interested in data visualization? Join our team!