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Visualising Corruption: Infographic Competition Winners Revealed

Written by Alice McCool on Wednesday, 11 December 2013

This year, TI-UK launched its first infographic competition. The winners were announced at our event Global Corruption: A Russian Perspective last week. Check out their visualisations and the thinking behind them here. 

Photo left to right: Veronika Nováková (3rd Prize) Pip Burrows (3rd Prize), Alice McCool (TI-UK Communications Officer), Zita Katona (2nd Prize), Rachel Davies (TI-UK Advocacy Manager) and Ana Rickard (1st Prize)

This year, TI-UK launched its first infographic competition. We challenged entrants to create visualisations using our research and data that will make people think or inspire debate about corruption in the UK and the UK’s role in corruption and anti-corruption overseas. Participating designers were given the chance to win up to £300 and have their visualisation of corruption promoted on our website and social media. We awarded a first prize a second prize and two third prizes. We have also given two entrants special mentions.

Congratulations to all of our winners – your excellent and truly innovative work has inspired us to communicate our message in a more creative and visual way with a greater appeal to a wider audience. We are so impressed that we received such high quality entries from people who are not only talented designers, but who also clearly understand the issues we work on and how to communicate them.

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1st Place | Ana Rickard: ‘Clean up corruption!’
Ana Rickard is an artist and graphic designer freelancing under the name Lucir. Ana studied Art at Chichester College several years ago and is now working towards an arts and design theory degree with the Open University. Ana particularly likes to work on awareness projects that seek to challenge ignorance regarding important causes.

She was excited to work on a project that raises awareness of an issue that is important and to add some ethical work of this kind to her portfolio. She told us she wanted to design something that would be original fun and engage an audience who perhaps are not aware of the issue of corruption in the UK or who TI are, and that would encourage them to seek further information.

We believe she absolutely achieved this aim. What we liked about Ana’s infographic best was its interesting design story, using the idea of cleanliness and washing in relation to corruption (mimicking a 1950s style washing detergent advertisement) to visualise our Corruption in the UK report in a way which is very easy to understand. We particularly like the way she used the concept of the washing symbols we see on our clothes labels every day to label different forms of corruption. Her witty use of slogans including ‘TI-UK – With added corruption stain prevention’ are also a really nice touch.

2nd Place | Zita Katona: ‘Underground corruption map’
Zita is a Hungarian-born designer living in Scotland with a background in both textile and graphic design and a special interest in geography and maps. She tries to connect these areas in her works.

Her infographic reveals how a typical process of corruption might happen when bidding for a public contract and how individuals are connected to it. The map shows how damage is done to fair competition.

What impressed us about this infographic was the thought that had gone into it – by using line thickness and style Zita represents different channels of money transferals – tackling a complex part of our research on money laundering. Considering the topic, we also liked the graphic’s link to London due to its likeness to the Tube map.

(Joint) 3rd Place | Veronika Nováková: ‘Corruption in the UK’
Veronika Nováková studies graphic design at TBU University in the Czech Republic and is currently on an Erasmus programme at LUCA School of Arts in Belgium.

She produced a series of illustrations visualising corruption in the UK. Veronika is interested in visualising important topics and themes, and believes that her drawings should speak for themselves without a spoken or written explanation.

We thought Veronika’s beautifully designed pieces were presented in a very clear way likely to appeal to a wide audience.

(Joint) 3rd Place | Pip Burrows: ‘Fixing the revolving door in the UK Government’
Pip is a second year graphic and media design student at London College of Communication. Alongside his course he also runs a freelance design agency. His focus is on layout design with a real passion for typography.

Pip’s infographic draws awareness to the movement of individuals, from public office to jobs in the private or voluntary sector, and how this risks having the private sector influence government officials.

We really liked the clean style of Pip’s design and visualisation of our quite technical report on the revolving door between government and resources-resources-business.

Special Mention | Nurfarhanah Saffie: ‘Corruption in the UK’
Nur Farhanah Saffie grew up in Kuala Lumpur. She has recently graduated with a BSc in Architecture and is currently working with KHZNH Studio that comprised of young designers experienced in various fields of design.

Nur believes that corruption won’t stop unless we choose to stop it and that understanding corruption itself as the first step in fighting it. She believes that infographics are the best visual tools to explain numerous amounts of complex information as they organise data and lay it out in a pattern that can be clearly understood by the general public.

Special Mention | Anne-Gaëlle Amiot : ‘Corruption by Sector’
Anne-Gaëlle is a French freelance illustrator and graphic designer with a master’s degree from ENSAD (the French national school of applied arts). Her work generally consists of realistic drawing.

Anne-Gaëlle believes corruption is both a terrible and complex problem, which is hard to grasp and analyse, but also difficult to visualise graphically. To point out the sectors with the highest risk of corruption in the UK, Anne-Gaëlle’s pictograms have been re-drawn by hand, diverted and re-appropriated, in order to represent ironic and paradoxical situations (for example London’s coat of arms eaten by its griffin and prisoner’s handcuffs attached to their own keys).

Please note that these infographics were submitted to the TI-UK Infographic Competition and do not reflect the views of TI-UK unless specifically stated. In particular, TI-UK does not make any allegations of impropriety against any named individuals or companies, whose inclusion is used in one visualisation intended to illustrate the revolving door in operation and not to allege any impropriety.



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Alice McCool

Alice formerly worked for Transparency International UK as our Campaigns Officer. You can tweet her via @McCoolingtons.

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