Visualizing Marathon 2012: New Delhi Winner

Visualizing Marathon 2012: New Delhi Winner was excited to kick off the India Design Forum with our first-ever Marathon in India last weekend at the India International Centre. Students were tasked with visualizing the prevalence and population distribution of heart diseases in India using a data set with statistics from the World Health Organization and the Earth Institute at Columbia University. Starting with talks by Rajshree Pathy (India Design Forum), Mike Knowles (Sushant School of Art and Architecture), and Nitasha Thapar and Aman Khanna (Infonauts), the event introduced the discipline of data visualization to art, architecture, engineering, and design students from schools across India, including IIT Delhi, IIT Guwahati, the School of Planning and Architecture, and the National Institute of Design. The 17 teams of students were given two days to try their hand at this new design medium - figuring out how to manipulate the data using statistical analysis, selecting which story to highlight, and choosing the appropriate methods and style to effectively present the information.

Congratulations to Rakesh Baidya, Subhomoy Halder, Vishwaraj Nikumbh, and Archana Singh for their winning visualization Young India Dies Young. Selected for the clarity of its central message, its compelling illustrations, and the effective use of contextualizing graphs, the project is a great example of the next generation of designers coming together for the first time to learn about and use data visualization.

Impact of Heart Disease in India and India's Heart-Health Crisis were also selected as honorable mentions. Congratulations to students Amogh Bihani, Gagan Gaurav, Anshul Kumar, and Bhavesh Mishra and Shreya Chakravarty, Akshan Ish, and Roshini Pochont, respectively. Jurors appreciated the ambitious attempt of Impact of Heart Disease in India to create an interactive data explorer and were impressed with the strong visual style of India's Heart-Health Crisis.

Thank you to our jurors Aishwarya Pathy (India Design Forum), Nitasha Thapar (Infonauts), and Edward Lee (, and thank you to all of the students who participated.

See all of the entries here.

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