This is not the complete list of winners of Malofiej20 winners. All winners, including the one of the print catagories, can be found in the press release on the Malofiej20 website.


8AA – Natural Disasters, Accidents and Crime (<5m)

BRONZE for – El escape del homicida

8AB – Natural Disasters, Accidents and Crime (5m+)

BRONZE for – Crisis nuclear en Fukushima, terremoto en Japón
SILVER for – Flooding, Power Failures, Rainfall and Damage From Hurricane Irene
BRONZE for – Map of the Damage From the Japanese Earthquake
BRONZE for – How a Reactor Shuts Down and What Happens in a Meltdown

8CB – Others (5m+)

BRONZE for – El nuevo Ferrari F150 al detalle
BRONZE for – Bad Days and Weeks

8DA – Continuous coverage of breaking news event (<5m)

BRONZE for VG Nett – This is how the catastrophe in Japan happened


9AA – World and Nation (<5m)

BRONZE for Associated Press – September 11, Ten Years
BRONZE for Internet Group do Brasil (iG) – Orange Production in Brazil
SILVER for Internet Group do Brasil (iG) – How a Samba School Drums Section Works
BRONZE for National Journal – Inside Obama’s West Wing
BRONZE for – El microscopio del voto

9AB – World and Nation (5m+)

BRONZE for – 7 billion
BRONZE for – Images of the Devastation Along Misurata’s Main Road
GOLD for – A History of the Detainee Population
SILVER for – Obama’s 2012 Budget Proposal: How $3.7 Trillion is Spent
SILVER for – 18 Days at the Center of Egypt’s Revolution
BRONZE for – Destruction in Haiti, Then and Now

9BB – Local Issues (5m+)

BRONZE for – If Someone Made a City
SILVER for – The 9/11 Tapes: The Story in the Air
SILVER for – Where Were You on Sept. 11, 2001?

9CA – Business and Finance (<5m)

BRONZE for Estudio 90grados – Acuicultura

9CB – Business and Finance (5m+)

SILVER for – It’s All Connected: An Overview of the Euro Crisis
BRONZE for – The Marathon Route’s Evolving Neighborhoods

9DA – Sports (<5m)

BRONZE for – El mejor palmarés de España

9DB – Sports (5m+)

SILVER for – The Serve: Creating Racket Speed
SILVER for The Washington Post – How the course has played

9EA – Science, Technology, Medical and Health issues (<5m)

BRONZE for Schwandt Infographics – Biobased Economy Route Map
BRONZE for – Tell-all Telephone

9EB – Science, Technology, Medical and Health issues (5m+)

BRONZE for – Forensics
BRONZE for – Changing Forests
BRONZE for – 30 Years of the Space Shuttle

9GB – Arts, Entertainment, Food and Lifestyle (5m+)

SILVER for – How Many Households Are Like Yours?
GOLD for Internet Group do Brasil (iG) – The Brazilian Smoke Squadron


10AB – Breaking News Portfolio (5m+)

BRONZE for – NYTimes Portfolio 3

GOLD for – NYTimes Portfolio 4
9/11 anniversary: Trade Towers as they were
Transcripts of the 9-11 air traffic control tapes
Reconstruction of Ground Zero
Interactive map of where people were on 9/11
Flooding power failures and rainfall in hurricane Irene

10BA – Features Portfolio (<5m)

BRONZE for Ria Novosti – RIAN Portfolio 1

10BB – Features Portfolio (5m+)

BRONZE for – Crash


11BA – Design: typography, composition and graphic style (<5m)

SILVER for Internet Grupo do Brasil (iG) – Butterflies in the Stomach

11CB – Innovative Format (5m+)

BRONZE for – Riot rumours: how misinformation spread on Twitter during a time of crisis
SILVER for – Europe’s Energy


12DA – Features for Tablets (<5m)

BRONZE for – Qualità de la Vita
BRONZE for – Ther king of the woods

Today I read about a new data set on Berlin’s quite new Open Data website. It was titled »Migration to and from Berlin« and made me very curious. I keep hearing that the city’s population is shrinking, but doubt that. After downloading the data, I opened it in Numbers and made a first quick graph. I was surprised—not because it showed that for a few years already, there are more people moving to Berlin than from it—but because my brain yelled: “William Playfair”! And sure enough, this is the quite well-known vintage infographic that I had in mind. With Numbers’ on-board tools, I then quickly tried to match the visual style of the chart with the one by William Playfair. Here’s a PDF. What do you think?


IN GRAPHICS is a magazine published by Golden Section Graphics twice per year as a bilingual edition in English and German. The first issue won 10 national and international design prizes, including a Bronze award from the ADC Germany and a Gold European Design Award in the magazine category. A third issue is currently planned for December 15, 2011.

Not your typical magazine, IN GRAPHICS dispenses completely with the text features and photography that define its peers and consists solely of infographics. Yet the compelling visuals—from hand-drawn to vector graphics—are not only geared toward creatives. The 92-page second issue features a selection of general interest articles including an extensive cover story on the terrorist attacks from September 11, 2001 as their tenth anniversary nears and a look at recent events in Fukushima. A highlight is undoubtedly the two double-page spreads on the building of the Berlin Wall, whose fiftieth anniversary will be commemorated this August. The uniquely detailed 3D graphics document four generations of its construction in their entirety and took almost 2 years to complete.

Contributions by illustrator Patrick They, artist Konstantin Voit, and designer and author David McCandless as well as select business, science and technology, sports, and culture stories round out the informative, entertaining, and attractive editorial offerings. Even the advertisements are done as infographics.

Pre-order your copy via if you’re in the EU or via direct order from the online shop of Golden Section Graphics. Read much more information about IN GRAPHICS on its official website. The Magazine is also available at newsstands throughout Germany, Switzerland, and Austria as well as several additional EU countries starting July 8, 2011.

»IN GRAPHICS« — A magazine for visual people. Published by Golden Section Graphics.

On 92 pages it deals with challenging topics from politics and economics to culture and entertainment—solely through graphics.

Jan Schwochow, the chief editor and publisher of »IN GRAPHICS«, manager of Golden Section Graphics and former head of the STERN infographics department, had the idea for a magazine that consist only of graphics. A magazine for visual people came into existence without long texts and large picture galleries. It is based on the experience of the team at Golden Section Graphics, who get worldwide attention with their produced work for renowned media like Die ZEIT, the New York Times Magazine or GEO on a regular basis.

Infographics require not only journalistic intuition but also a lot of time and patience. The editors of »IN GRAPHICS« deliberately take that time to create interesting and fascinating content and show a lot of love for details. Also, current topics like Hartz IV (the German unemployment benefits), piracy off the coast of Somalia, German large scale projects like Stuttgart 21 or the overfishing of tuna in the Mediterranean Sea are shown in a new perspective. Furthermore, this first edition of the magazine includes artworks by outstanding artists Christoph Niemann and Jonathan Meese as guest contributors. »IN GRAPHICS« is released bilingually, in German and in English.

It is free from advertisement and printed very eco-friendly. This is what makes the first issue even more valuable and the reason why it costs a bit more than a usual magazine.

You can purchase it on, in the shop of Golden Section Graphics or in local stores listed on the magazine’s website.

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The video »Journalism in the Age of Data« by Geoff McGhee is a report on data visualization as a storytelling medium. Please, take 54 minutes of your time and watch it. The player on the website of Standfort University lists related information and link while you watch the video.

At Golden Section Graphics, we posted a small video on our fibonacciLAB website which demonstrates how we experiment with developing iOS apps. Have fun watching it!

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PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) published an infographic in their customer magazine, which was made by Golden Section Graphics. For this, I programmed two small applications: one converted a world map into a differently projected one (Fuller Projection). The other one generated te surrounding triangles for any countries of the world and the included bar charts. The represented values are specific indexes for the nation’s sustainability.

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This interactive infographic delivers answers to questions such as: What is my blood alcohol concentration when I have drunk a beer? Can I still drive after having two cocktails? What fines would I have to pay if I get caught driving drunk (german version)? How does the alcohol influence my mood and my body (english version)?

This infographic won bronze in the category online at the Malofiej18 infographics award. Read more about it on the website of the spanish chapter of the Society for Newsdesign (SNDE).

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Two and a half months after I started working for Golden Section Graphics in Berlin, we opened the doors to our fibonacciLAB. Here, we experiment with new technologies to design new ways of visualizing data. Read more about our intentions on our website!

On December 30, 2009, the German daily economy newspaper »Handelsblatt« published five unusual looking infographics made by Jan Schwochow (head of Golden Section Graphics) and me. Since it was the end of the year, the graphics were about numbers of last year’s/decade’s finances and some outlooks on this year/decade. Also, the title page featured a mashup of those single graphics.

The people at »Handelsblatt« had quite some chutzpah letting us go nuts with the mostly quite small data sets and the disproportionately generous space!

Read more about it on Golden Section Graphics Blog (in German).

Although this issue seems to be quite obvious, I frequently notice it being done the wrong way.

Comparing numerical values by illustrating them as shapes, especially circles, needs to be done with the area in mind, not only a one-dimensional value that defines this shape. A circle is drawn with a radius, so another circle depicting a multiple of the value the first one is representing may not only have this multiple radius. It should have the corresponding area.

Another more extreme example showing how a circle with 25 times the radius can’t be a symbol for 25 times the size:

On, one can quickly make a profile infographic on preferred way of transportation, food, social networks and other stuff by clicking through some suggestions. I really like the animated icons. It’s not even necessary to understand portuguese. Here’s mine:


Found here.

from Berlin to Augsburg
Yesterday I made a trip from Berlin to Augsburg. Since this is actually a distance to travel by car or train, it’s something special when you go by plane. That’s what I did, and I thought this process is a nice opportunity to test my skills in non-interactive Infographics. See the result above.


Roland Loesslein ( created another interactive information graphic. It is called »The Human’s Development« and focuses on three aspects of it: health, education and living standard. On a world map and a ranking graph, nearly all nations of the world can be compared to each other. It uses data from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and visualizes trends over the past few years. Plus, the user can take action by joining a GlobalGiving project to help people in less developed countries.

Just like »synoptic«, this application was created during a class about infographics by Prof. Michael Stoll at the University of Applied Sciences in Augsburg, Germany.

Here’s an interview with Roland on his new app.


Two weeks ago, the German weekly Newspaper »Die ZEIT« started a series of featured Infographics on three current topics.

The first one by Golden Section Graphics in Berlin (website here, blog here) is about virtual water. It explains the amounts of water used to produce things like beer, milk, cheese, jeans and a car by depicting cubes of water with the corresponding volume. This way, the reader gets a very good idea of how many liters of fresh water he actually comsumes by buying or using one of these products. Also, the graphic briefly explains how these amounts are being calculated as well as how much water there is on our planet and how it splits up into groundwater, atmospherical water etc. The daily consuption of one person per day and its parts for hygiene, doing the laundry and watering (among others) is revealed in a simple pie chart.

The first person on the moon 40 years ago is the occasion for the second graphic, and it has one big map of the moon with all sites where past missions, manned and unmanned, succeded or… well, crashed. A neat timeline on the left tells a story about the race to earth’s oldest satellite at the end of the 1960s between the United States and Russia. For many years, there were virtually no efforts for further explorations — the lunar surface was better charted than the earthly seabed. One possible future mission led by the US and planned for not later than 2020 is explained by highlighting a good location for a manned permanent moon station at the south pole. This is an in-house graphic by ZEIT.

The third graphic, published today, is about the evolution of the bicycle. In this case, the start of the Tour de France in two days is the occasion. A spiral timeline carries 11 detailed models and explains the inventions that made the bikes of today secure, comfortable and fast. The oldest one is from 1817 and it had no pedals, no brakes and was etirely out of wood. A second timeline explains other inventions with small illustrations, for example the penny farthing, the chain drive, rubber tires and aluminium frames. This graphic was also made by Golden Section Graphics (see No. 1).


The work »random walk« by Daniel A. Becker is a collection of several printed information graphics about randomness, a phenomenon that is difficult to explain.
It proves that Daniel took a really deep dive into the matter, considering how detailed his research resuls are displayed in his graphics and explained in the accompanied text. He approaches aspects like (pseudo) random number generators, the lottery and radioactive decay of atoms. The subject pervades the entire work, even each of his 14 double-sided A2 posters has a different layout.
All illustrations are not only drawn arbitrarily, they are simulated and plotted with the help of processing.


Synoptic is an experimental application for visualizing weather data in an unusual way, namely in 3-D. It can be explored interactively by choosing from the weather values, e.g. average temperature, wind speed, humidity and air pressure. There is a timeline for choosing the displayed period of time. This plus changing the viewing angle via mouse dragging is the basic navigation.

Roland Lößlein (, currently a student of the University of Applied Sciences in Augsburg, Germany, and a good friend of mine, created this application during a class about information graphics led by Prof. Michael Stoll. You can admire many other resulting projects in his “show, don’t tell. student’s work” Flickr set.

Roland won a Malofiej silver award in the category “innovative formats” at the 17th Infographics World Summit at the University of Navarra in Pamplona, Spain. Congratulations!

CDN: Roland, tell us something about the study course you’re in and the infodesign classes.

Roland: It is called Multimedia and it’s a combination of design and computer science. You learn coding and design basics at the same time. At the end, you can specialize in one direction, in my case it’s infomation design. Prof. Stoll’s class is being offered every semester for some time now, and it always has an general topic the participating students have to approach. Last semester, it was weather.

What was your train of thought that led you to create synoptic?

I decided very quickly to develop a realtime updated interactive online thing, even I didn’t have a clue what this “thing” finally will be.

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Yesterday we returned from Spain where I attended the SND Infographics World Summit at the University of Navarra in Pamplona.

By “we” I mean me and 5 students from the University of Applied Sciences Augsburg in Germany. I myself graduated there a few weeks ago and was a student of Prof. Michael Stoll. One of those students I traveled with is Roland Lößlein, who won a silver award for his experimental weather visualization called synoptic.

Chiqui Esteban did a great job on listing all the winners with many examples of their work on his infographic news blog. I recommend reading about the highlights on the SND Update page. Also, have a look at some photos that have been taken during the event.