We’re excited to announce the winners of our fourth-annual Pudding Cup! This year we received more submissions than ever before — over 130 legitimate entries. (Shout out to all the people who sent us links to their Spotify profiles instead, but we already knew your music taste was basic.)
Like last year, we exclusively focused on non-commercial* projects to give them the attention they deserve but might not receive. The three winners below will receive a ⅓ share of the $3,141.59 prize pie for their hard work.
Our three favorite essays.
Explaining a complex topic without conventional charts is usually a recipe for disaster, but this piece pulls it off beautifully. The elegant tracing and pulsing animations paired with well-paced scrollytelling held our attention throughout. In a year filled with top-notch COVID visualizations (we logged over 100 in this Twitter thread), this one still managed to stand out.
And we all scream for ice cream! Or at least we did for this project. The delightful transitions and playful gradients make this a fun read that perfectly complimented the subject matter. This team of two used this project to help them learn D3.js. We’re so excited to see more of their work that seamlessly combines data and design (see also Running in Color).
Our previous experience thinking about hums in songs was limited to the Crash Test Dummies and Hanson, but once we fell down the Kid Cudi rabbit hole, we couldn’t stop. The scrollytelling, transitions, and just the right amount of user inputs make this a really engaging exploration.
Definitely worth a click.
Maps of Home
Try to Impeach This
Uncertainty Looms as Student Jobs are Disappearing During the Great Lockdown
Eve Washington, Charlotte Li, Jason Kao, Claudia Gohn, & Paul Hanna
Why Did the Kursk Sink?
Infografika, Kristina Gilyova, Maxim Tleubayev, & Alexander Zienko
The Death Toll of Policing
Leonardo Nicoletti, Orlando Nicoletti, & Antoine Balouka
Milk Country: The Making of Vermont’s Landscape
Janice Kai Chen
*Non-commercial projects = things created without compensation. It was made for learning, fun, school, a contest, etc. Not for work or hire.