On Oct. 1 the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism, in collaboration with The Economist Group and the data visualization website Visual.ly, invited designers to visualize data from The Future of Mobile News report, a survey of more than 9,500 adults that delved deep into mobile news consumption habits.
The Future of Mobile News Infographic Challenge invited people to examine data from the report and create their own infographic. Visual.ly hosted the challenge. A team of judges from PEJ, The Economist Group and Visual.ly scored the submissions in five categories: creative use of data; clarity; aesthetic appeal; and adherence to visualization best practices. From a number of strong submissions, the judges selected four infographics-which now are featured on PEJ's website, The Economist's Tumblr, Pinterest, and Facebook pages and The Economist's Graphic Detail blog.
"The best informational graphics make data easy to understand," said Pew Research Center's Graphics Director Michael Keegan, who has overseen and designed news graphics at major news organizations for more than 35 years. "Well-designed charts and diagrams are the shorthand to complex information that may otherwise go unread-or worse-be misunderstood. Getting to the heart of the matter-succinctly, accurately, and with a bit of flair-is the ultimate test of a graphic's success."
Read the full article, Visualizing the Future of Mobile News, on the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism website.