Live from Pamplona, Spain: Malofiej 20 Infographics World Summit

Pamplona, Spain is once again playing host to Malofiej, the world’s top gathering and competition for infographics. This is Malofiej’s 20th year, a significant milestone. For the past few days, a jury of 21 leaders of the craft have judged entries from all over the world and chosen winners which will be announced Friday.

The opening reception is Wednesday night at the Royal and General Archive of Navarra, a 12th century palace that was once home to bishops and kings. Thursday and Friday, the summit kicks into high gear with presentations from the members of the jury. And Friday night, the announcement of the winners.

Stay tuned to this site and to Malofiej20 for updates.

The 20th anniversary theme will run throughout the week thanks to the tireless efforts of SND-Spain president Javier Errea, the University of Navarra and a group of generous sponsors.

There are 150 participants registered for the summit, from 30 countries. This is a record for Malofiej and promises to make for a great week. As for the awards, more than 1,500 pieces were entered digital and print, from 148 news companies and 30 countries. Brazil had the most companies represented with 21 followed by 19 from the U.S. and Spain and 14 for Germany. China, Japan, Singapore, Oman are also represented.

Here are the judges and presenters

Matthew Bloch
He has been a cartographer and developer for The New York Times since 2007. In that time, he has led the Times’ interactive mapping efforts. His most recent news-driven piece was a hurricane tracker that folded satellite imagery into an application that followed the storms in real time. In addition to graphical features, Matthew has been responsible for the Times’ interactive election maps in 2008, 2010 and the current 2012 cycle. Before joining the Times, Matthew worked as a translator in Beijing and Hong Kong.

Alberto Cairo
Lecturer at University of Miami (US) since January 2012. He taught Graphics and Design at the University of North-Carolina-Chapel Hill between 2005 and 2009. He has been infographics director at El Mundo online and Editora Globo (Brazil). He is the author of the book ‘The Functional Art: an Introduction to Infographics and Information Visualization’ (to be published in the US in 2012).

Bryan Christie
Bryan Christie was hired by Scientific American in 1998 as an assistant art director. And there he fell in love with science and began to join his artistic and scientific pursuits. Since 2000 he continued to define his own aesthetic as a freelancer, focusing on the essential structures of the body. With a body of work that spans 14 years, Mr Christie has primarily focused on medical and scientific illustrations. He is a fine artist searching for the visceral experience of the truth and beauty of the world.

Nora Coenenberg
Full-time freelancer for the infographics department of Die Zeit since 2011. During her design studies at Hamburg University of Applied Science she gathered work experience at Der Spiegel (Hamburg), and at Kircher-Burkhardt (Berlin). She has worked for Manager Magazin (Hamburg), and received the Award of Excellence of the Society for News Design for an illustration series in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung.

Anne Gerdes
Infographics designer for Die Zeit since 2005, where for the last seven years she has created classical infographics as well as large scale illustrations. She studied at the Akadamie for Art-Direction end Communication-Design in Hamburg. She decided to become a freelance illustrator after her graduation, but later she became an infographics artist while she was forking for Der Spiegel on information design and data visualization.

John Grimwade
Graphics Director of Condé Nast Traveler Magazine. He started his career at The Sunday Times of London, working with Peter Sullivan. Before moving to the U.S. he worked for 14 years in newspapers in London, including six years as Head of Graphics at The Times. He has freelanced for over 30 other magazines and he has his own information graphics business. He has been involded in Malofiej for most of its 20 years of existence.

Nigel Holmes
Since 1994 he runs his own business, Explanation Graphics, and does graphics and illustrations for publications such as The Atlantic, Harper’s, National Geographic and the New York Times. He studied illustration at the Royal College of Art in London and then freelanced for magazines and newspapers for 12 years before moving to America in 1978 to work for Time Magazine. He has written six books on aspects of information design. In 2011, he was finalist in the Next Generation Indie Awards.

Andy Kirk
Freelance data visualisation design consultant and trainer based in the UK. Founder and editor of the website VisualisingData. com and occasional contributor to O’Reilly Radar and Information Aesthetics. He held a number of business analysis and information management positions at some of the largest organisations in the UK. B.Sc (Hons) in Operational Research from Lancaster University and M.A. at Leeds. Currently he focuses on data visualization training courses, held in Europe and North America.

Robert Kosara
Associate Professor of Computer Science at University of North Carolina, Charlotte, currently on Sabbatical with Tableau Software in Seattle, WA. His academic work covers the visualization of categorical data, perception and cognition in visualization, and the development of more rigorous theoretical foundations for the field. Robert’s interests span all of visual communication, however: photography, design, painting, as well as any kind of visual storytelling. He runs a blog on visualization at

Virginia Mason
She is a Senior Graphics Editor for National Geographic Magazine. Previously, she was a cartographer at the Library of Congress, serving interests of public policy. She holds a Master’s degree in Geography with focus on cartographic design and GIS from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has served on the Executive Board of the North American Cartographic Information Society (NACIS), and Board of Directors of the Washington Map Society.

Geoff McGhee
McGhee is creative director of media and communications for the Bill Lane Center for the American West at Stanford University, where he designs infographics, data visualizations, and multimedia to aid in teaching and scholarship. A former John S. Knight Fellow in journalism at Stanford, he was multimedia editor at Le Monde Interactif in Paris, and chief multimedia producer and video journalist at The New York Times. His work was cited in the 2002 Communication Arts Interactive Annual, and in 2003 the multimedia staff won many awards.

Sergio Peçanha
Sergio Peçanha works for the Graphics Department of The New York Times, coordinating information graphics for the International section. Graduated in journalism by the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. He did graphics for The Dallas Morning News, in Texas, and for O Globo and, in Brazil. He has worked in explanatory pieces about the tsunami in Japan and the revolutions in Egypt and Libya. His work has been recognized at the Malofiej, Society for News Design and Communication Arts.

Gonzalo Peltzer
An attorney by trade and journalist by birth. A PhD in Informational Iconographic Languages. He has worked for La Nación, Buenos Aires, Europe Today, Brussels. He was editor-in-chief at Expreso in Guayaquil and the associate director of Última Hora, Paraguay. Since 2005 he has been director of the newspaper El Territorio, Posadas. He was the dean of the Communications Department at Universidad Austral and director of Innovation International Media Consulting Group.

Sheila Pontis
She has worked for 2CV Marketing Research Agency, Uscreates Social Design, Mind the Ad, Pelagos Consulting, among others. In 2011, she founded MapCI, an information design consultancy. She completed an MPhil Research Degree in Information Graphics and an MRes in Editorial Techniques at the University of Barcelona. In 2008 she moved to London to complete her Ph.D. (2012). Sheila has over 7 years of academic and research experience.

Simon Rogers
Editor of the data, a resource of raw datasets, and news editor on the Guardian. He was the launch editor of the Guardian’s online news service. In 2010, Simon received a special commendation from the Royal Statistical Society in its awards for journalistic excellence. In 2011, Simon was named Best UK Internet Journalist by the Oxford Internet Institute, Oxford University and won the inaugural XCity award from City University.

Jaime Serra
Columnist and Director of Infographics and Illustration at La Vanguardia (Spain), Jaime Serra has been experimenting with the limits of journalistic graphic information for the past 25 years. Other media companies he has worked with include Clarín and La Nación (Argentina), Editora Abril (Brazil), The Independent (UK), Corriere Della Serra, Il Sole 24 Ore (Italy) and National Geographic Magazine (USA). His work has been recognized with more than one hundred awards from the SND, Malofiej, SPD and Laus awards.

Moritz Stefaner
Moritz Stefaner works as a freelance “truth and beauty operator” in data visualization. With a background in Cognitive Science (B.Sc. with distinction, University of Osnabrueck) and Interface Design (M.A., University of Applied Sciences Potsdam). In 2010, he was nominated for the Design Award of the Federal Republic of Germany; his work has been exhibited at Venice Biennale of Architecture, SIGGRAPH, ARS Electronica and Max Planck Science Gallery. He is part of the advisory boards for the Places and Spaces Exhibit and the Digital Communities category at Prix ARS Electronica.

Mario Tascón
Managing partner of consultancy Prodigioso Volcán. He directs the Spanish Internet style guide for the Fundación del Español Urgente. ‘Maestro’ of Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s Fundación Nuevo Periodismo Iberoamericano, a member of the editorial board of the FAPE magazine Periodistas and consultant for such companies as Abaton, BBVA, Farmaindustria, Diximedia ( and others. From 2000 to 2008 he was general manager of the digital area of the Prisa Group. He was deputy director of El Mundo and first director and leader of the website.

Carl de Torres
Graduated from the California College of the Arts. Worked for Wired as freelance designer and Senior Art Director. Blurring the lines between art direction, illustration, and design, he illustrated covers, did complex infographics, wrote stories and designed the features. He owns his own studio where he practices many disciplines, from web design, illustration of magazine covers, artwork for corporations, infographics and art direction for animations.

Andrew Vande Moere
Associate Professor at the Department of Architecture, Urbanism and Planning of the University of Leuven in Belgium, where he investigates the emerging symbiosis of media and space. Since 2004, Andrew maintains the weblog ‘Information Aesthetics”’ (, which focuses on collecting compelling data representations that aim to inform as well as engage the public at large.

Juan Velasco
Journalist, graphic artist and consultant. Art Director at National Geographic Magazine since 2007, where he also was Graphics Director. Before that, he worked as a Graphics Artist at El Mundo, and as Art Director at The New York Times. In 2002 he created his own enterprise, 5W Infographic, focused on graphics, consulting and multimedia, with offices in New York and Madrid.

About Jonathon Berlin

is graphics editor of the Chicago Tribune and a past president of the Society For News Design.

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