MICA Hosts Information is Beautiful Awards Ceremony

The Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) is hosting the prestigious Information is Beautiful Awards Ceremony and Day of Inspiration, presented by the Data Visualization Society, on our campus for the very first time, taking place on November 3-4, 2023. This momentous event promises to be a celebration of creativity, innovation, and artistic excellence in the field of data visualization.

We are equally delighted to share the exciting news that two of our very own MICA alumni of our MPS in Data Analytics and Visualization program have been short-listed for the 2023 Information is Beautiful Awards, further showcasing the extraordinary talent nurtured within our institution. Melissa Alexander ‘22, a graduate in Data Analytics & Visualization (MPS), and Carni Klirs ‘18, who holds a degree in Information Visualization (MPS), have earned their well-deserved places among the finalists.

The Information is Beautiful Awards Ceremony and Day of Inspiration will span two action-packed days, culminating in the highly anticipated Information Is Beautiful Awards Ceremony 2023. This event will offer attendees unparalleled opportunities for learning, networking, and celebration, all deeply aligned with MICA's core values of excellence, community, and creativity. We are proud to nurture designers every day who go on to advance the field of data visualization, and honored to host this global celebration of talent.

Historically, the Information is Beautiful Awards Ceremony has graced prestigious venues in London, New York City, and Washington, D.C. However, this year, the heart of the celebration will beat right here on the vibrant campus of MICA in Baltimore.


November 3 (9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. EST) 

Day 1 will be a whirlwind of inspiration, featuring captivating keynotes, lightning talks by industry leaders and authors of shortlisted works sharing insights from their design process, and ample networking opportunities. 

November 4 (11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. EST)

Day 2 promises to be equally exhilarating, with the presentation of awards, where we will honor the outstanding achievements and artistic brilliance in the world of data visualization.

Don't miss your chance to be a part of this historic event! Join us in celebrating the beauty of information and the boundless creativity it inspires. To learn more about the Information is Beautiful Awards Ceremony and Day of Inspiration, and to register for this extraordinary gathering, please visit http://mica.ly/infoisbeautiful. The deadline to purchase tickets for the in-person or virtual options are on October 20 and Oct 31, 2023, respectively.

About the Data Visualization Society

The Data Visualization Society was founded to serve as a professional home for those working across the discipline while leading others into this growing, dynamic field, and to increase the visibility and value of data visualization to the general public. Our mission is to connect data visualizers across tech stacks, subject areas, and experience while nurturing, celebrating, and advancing all that is data visualization.

About the Information is Beautiful Awards

The Information is Beautiful Awards have celebrated excellence & beauty in data visualization, infographics, interactives &  information art since 2012. Led by the Information is Beautiful team for eight seasons (2012-2019), the Awards returned under the leadership of the Data Visualization Society in 2022.

Every year, hundreds of visualizations are submitted to the Awards. Our judges review each entrant for how well it suits the medium (infographic, interactive, data visualization and more) & how well it illuminates the topic: Arts, Entertainment & Culture, Current Affairs & Politics, Places, Spaces & Environment, People, Language & Identity, Science, Technology & Health, Humanitarian, Leisure, Games & Sport, and Unusual.

Browse this year’s shortlisted works and find inspiration from more than a decade of excellence in data visualization in the Entry Showcase