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Government information can be so boring and obtuse. Reams of data on spreadsheets and hundreds, even thousands of pages of legalese can unintentionally obscure the real, and beautiful meaning of public information. Hence, Sunlight Labs, a non-profit, non-partisan organization focused on the digitization of government data and the making of tools to make it easily accessible, has organized a unique competition to help nurture the field of information visualization in the context of goverment data.

The submission deadline for the Design for America [sunlightlabs.com] competition is rapidly approaching. Designs are due by May 15th and the winners announced on May 27th. With a grand total of $40,000 in prize money on the line, designers from every corner of the globe are invited to participate.

Confirmed judges include Nicholas Felton, Nathan Yau, Lisa Strausfeld, me, Fernanda ViƩgas, Martin Wattenberg and Ali Felski.

Watch the movie below to get a better overview of the motivations behind this competition.



Wow, Design For America is a great initiative by Sunlight Labs. I wish competitions of a similar nature were happening in Canada!

Instead, The Data Visualization Working Group at Statistics Canada are issuing Requests For Information (RFIs) asking us to volunteer our creative knowledge... Please feel free to contribute if you enjoy working for free! More information here:


Wed 12 May 2010 at 3:53 AM
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