Nobel laureates


  • Svelte
  • D3
  • Canvas

This project appeared on the website of the German news magazine Der SPIEGEL and was built with the team of their graphics desk.

The circle of geniuses

The Nobel Prize has been awarded since 1901. How strongly are women represented? Who were the youngest and oldest winners? And where is the best place to do research? To answer these and more questions, we designed a unique data visualization.

While scrolling down the data points (Nobel laureates) are rearranged by different categories.

Showing statistics and individuals

By showing a colored circle for each Nobel Laureate, both general statistics, such as the research areas of the laureates, and individual, person-related stories can be told. We use the individual points even to constitute well-known chart types, such as age histograms.

Two rosettes consisting of tiles. Each tile represents a journalist in the data set.

Transitions for easier readability

One of the crucial parts when developing this visual story were smooth transitions between the different chapters. Thereby readers can easily follow the storyline and readily relate the different data representations to each other.

Nobel laureate circles arranged by their country of origin.

The team

Matthias Stahl: Data visualization design and coding

Alexander Epp: Story

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