Creativity 50

Posted: March 13th, 2009 | Author: Manuel Lima | Filed under: Uncategorized | 1 Comment »

I’ve wanted to write about this nomination for a while, but the past two weeks have been rather chaotic. I was honored and baffled to be amongst great names whose work I’ve admired for a long time. It also says a lot about the recent popularity and remarkable outburst of interest for Information Visualization, in particular Network Visualization. Apologies for the coldness of the press release:

Researcher and Interaction Designer Manuel Lima, has been nominated by Creativity magazine as one of the 50 most creative and influential minds for 2009, among other names such as David Fincher (Director), Jeff Bezos (Founder/CEO, David Axelrod (Chief strategist for Barack Obama’s presidential campaign), Sergey Brin and Larry Page (Co-founders Google), Jean Nouvel (Architect), Andrew Staton (Director of Wall-E), and David Byrne (Musician).

Creativity is one of the most prestigious magazines in the areas of Design, Advertising and Consumer Culture. Their annual Creativity 50 list features people “who made a significant mark on the creative consciousness of our industry and our culture as a whole”, but also “made us think differently about some established way of doing things”. The selected 50 come from a variety of backgrounds, from tech pioneers to filmmakers, artists and architects. Among last year’s nominees were Mark Zuckerberg (Founder of Facebook), Ridley Scott (Director), Radiohead (Musicians), Jonathan Ive (Industrial Designer/Apple), and Zaha Hadid (Architect).

Based in London, Manuel Lima works as a Senior User Experience Designer for Nokia and is the founder of – A visual exploration on mapping complex networks. Manuel is also a frequent speaker in conferences and festivals around the world on the topic of Information Visualization. In recognition for his research work in, Creativity asserts that Manuel “might well become the Edward Tufte of the 21st Century”.

See the original article on Manuel Lima:

See the full list of the 2009 nominees: