2023 retrospective

Every year, I write this retrospective for the future: I like to reread them a few years later to see how far we’ve come and to recall some memorable moments. I share it with you and salute the Francis of the future at the same time. Human resources The team remained stable at nine members, […]

Information is Beautiful Awards 2023

Photo of the room where the awards ceremony took place. Several tables are set up facing the stage, where a podium and a giant screen are located. All participants are looking at the screen, which shows one of the finalist projects.

Every year, we welcome the IIB Awards  with great interest and delight. We discover some incredible projects and take the opportunity to give a little more visibility to some of our achievements. Many thanks to the Data Visualization Society for organizing the event! Two finalist projects We submitted three projects this year, and we’re very […]

Insomnia, COP15 and a trophy: 10 projects that tell our story

Francis Gagnon presenting the team with the Scientific American issue in which Voilà: graphs were published

After a decade of existence, Voilà: has had many adventures and witnessed encounters that have helped build its story. At the heart of our daily life in the company, it’s also the projects that we deliver that stimulate and challenge us. We’ve chosen ten of them for their outstanding role; make yourself comfortable, as we present them to you below ☕

Behind the scenes: The heat pump calculator

Heat pumps pay off. Unlocking lower-cost heating and cooling in Canada.

Let’s have a quick look at the thinking process behind the creation of the heat pump charts and calculator, one of our most ambitious projects in 10 years, in collaboration with the Canadian Climate Institute. First, we have created a visual identity. It’s based on the colour palette of the Institute, in line with previous […]

Pages of the Past: the Emerging Patterns exhibition at the University of Toronto

A poster of the exhibition. It says "Emerging Patterns data visualization throughout history, Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, all welcome, free admission. Current exhibition 23 May to 18 August 2023." Features a set of coloured squares.

This month, I visited the Emerging Patterns exhibition at the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library in Toronto, where curators Aurora Mendelsohn, Anthony Gray and Kelly Schultz had hand-picked books from the library’s unique collection to showcase examples of data visualization throughout history. It was a unique opportunity to see these examples in their original publications, […]

A look at 2022

Excerpt from a visual representation of the year 2022 at Voilà featuring semi-transparent abstract shapes on a white background. Months January through December run from the top to bottom, with a row of overlapping shapes under the name of each month. The form of the shape represents the type of product the team worked on (infographic, presentation, etc.), and the colour of each shape represents the theme of the work (environmental, social, governance). The approximate size of each shape represents the number of projects in each theme and product type. In the left and right-hand margins, abstract imprints indicate key moments of the year: recruitment in March and September, and an award won in November.

In addition to our 2022 retrospective, we have prepared this visual overview of the year as a greeting card to wish you a happy 2023.

When the right visual is not a chart

A photograph of a laptop featuring the opening screen of the web interactive, an isometric bird's eye view of an illustrated landscape.

In dataviz, we often deal with numbered abstractions. But when the Canadian Climate Institute came to us with research about infrastructure, a topic connected to physical objects, we saw the potential for illustrations. So this is the story of how data on the costs of climate change turned into an ambitious scrollytelling with animated landscapes. […]

2022 Retrospective

A stylized grey and yellow image with the following text: Voilà: 2022 Retrospective

These retrospectives are like books written one page at a time, once per year. I do it first to follow Voilà:’s progress, then publish it for all those interested in the evolution of an information design studio. Human Ressources We always start with the most important: the team. It has grown again this year with […]

Projects that inspire us at the Information is Beautiful Awards 2022

After a two-year hiatus, the Information is Beautiful Awards were held in November in Washington DC. It was a rare opportunity to meet and connect with dataviz practitioners from all over the world at the ceremony. Winning a gold award was icing on the cake. Moreover, the entry showcase surfaced a plethora of projects we […]

Voilà: wins Gold!

Picture of the trophy: Information is Beautiful Awards, Winner Gold, Business Analytics 2022.

Out of 1250 entries, Voilà: won one of the 10 gold awards at the Information is Beautiful Awards 2022, in the Business Analytics category, for the project “The Star of our Work” designed by Celia Albano and Francis Gagnon. The ceremony was held in Washington D.C. on November 30th. Silver went to the Growth Lab, […]