The Art Of Data
Infographic Contest

01.31.2019 @ Boulder Public Library


The contest is over! Thanks to all who participated!

Grand Prize: Boulder Crime and Location

Jenny Knuth [website]


Runner Up: Fire/Ambulance Runs

Christopher Ryan


Contest Rules


Join Code for Boulder + the City of Boulder in an infographic contest celebrating the Art of Data!


Code for Boulder + the City of Boulder have selected a few choice datasets from the Open Data catalog that might hold interesting insights into our city. Participants are challenged to tell a story using any and all of the datasets below in a new way using imaginative and original infographics and visualizations. Our panel of data and graphics experts will award prizes to submissions that both convey insights and please the eye.

Participation is open to all! All finalists will have their infographics presented at the contest awards on January 31st from 6:30-8:30 PM @ the Boulder Public Library’s Canyon Theater. Gift cards from Downtown Boulder businesses will be awarded to the top finalists. Gift cards from Downtown Boulder businesses will be awarded to the top finalists:

  • 1st Place: $100 gift card

  • 2nd - 5th Place: $50 gift cards

  • 6th - 10th Place: $25 gift cards

These new perspectives will help the city answer key questions about its programs and help community members better understand their community. This event is part of the Library’s Art of Data exhibition, on display in the Canyon Gallery from December 7 through February 3.

Deadline for submissions is 11:59PM on January 27th, 2019. Limit one submission per participant.


Contest Datasets

Click on an image to visit the dataset online



  • Participants may use any software tool(s) of their choice to create the data infographic.

  • The City of Boulder may request the original files so the insights can be shared and used internally (e.g. the Tableau Packaged Workbook file for Tableau).

  • One or more of the official Contest Datasets must be the main focus of the infographic, but additional public datasets may be used to provide extra context.

  • All participants should email their files to by January 27th, 2019. Files should either be published online and shared with a link OR shared as a PDF to ensure the file loads properly on all computers.

Submissions will be judged by

  • Visual elements: colors, graphics, signs, icons, maps, etc. 

  • Content elements: facts, statistics, texts, references, time frames, etc.

  • Knowledge and Insight: ability to express the desired stories or messages in the data.

Visualizations and Infographics that do not use the datasets provided will not be eligible for submission. Judges will select the top 10 submissions as finalists to present at the contest awards. If you aren’t a finalist, be sure to come on down anyway; there will be refreshments, interesting conversation, and all submissions will be on the big screen during the event.