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Velir and PRB awarded for their work on the 2014 World Population Data Sheet

Velir, a full-service digital agency, today announced that it's work with PRB on the 2014 World Population Data Sheet has been selected as the standout in Health Websites, winning a "Best in Show" W³ Award from the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts (AIVA).

Receiving over 4,800 entries, The W³ Awards honors outstanding Websites, Web Marketing, Web Video, Mobile Sites/Apps & Social content created by some of the best interactive agencies, designers, and creators worldwide. Of those 4,800 entries, Velir was one of 37 to win the "Best in Show" distinction.

"We were amazed at the caliber and quality of work we received this year from the smallest agencies to the biggest firms worldwide. As the Web continues to expand in new and exciting ways, our winners continue to truly push the envelope of Internet creativity and web design. On behalf of the 600+ members of The Academy Interactive and Visual Arts, we are honored to recognize our winners as they continue to set a high standard of excellence for Web development."

— Linda Day, Director of AIVA

For the project, PRB and Velir worked together to visualize thousands of pieces of data into an interactive collection of data visualizations that highlight key global health and wellness trends. The site is primarily targeted at policy makers to aid in more informed decision making, in addition to the general public, to increase awareness of key trends.

The report allows visitors to explore current and projected data on these issues (by region and country) and examine progress over the past 45 years. The teams wanted the report to be more thoughtful than your average data visualization by telling a deeper story. By focusing on key health indicators such as infant mortality rate, total fertility rate, life expectancy, etc. the report provides a much more compelling and meaningful narrative than if it were to provide every data point collected by PRB.

Velir is a digital agency based in Somerville, MA, just outside of Boston. With a team of 140 digital professionals, they are passionate about connecting organizations and their audiences through the creation of immersive experiences across digital channels. Their core competencies in digital strategy, user experience design, content management, marketing platform integrations and data visualization have helped shaped the digital presence for some of the world's most influential and inspiring brands and have made Velir one of the largest Sitecore-certified Solution Partners in North America.

The Population Reference Bureau informs people around the world about population, health, and the environment, and empowers them to use that information to advance the well-being of current and future generations. They focus their work around these core themes: Aging; Children and Families; Family Planning and Reproductive Health; Gender; Global Health; Inequality and Poverty; Migration and Urbanization; Population and the Environment; and Youth.

The W³ Awards honors creative excellence on the Web, and recognizes the creative and marketing professionals behind award winning Websites, Web Video and Online Marketing programs. Simply put, the W³ is the first major Web competition to be accessible to the biggest agencies, the smallest firms, and everyone in between. Small firms are as likely to win as Fortune 500 companies and international agencies.

The W³ Awards is sanctioned and judged by the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts, an invitation-only body consisting of top-tier professionals from a "Who's Who" of acclaimed media, advertising, and marketing firms. Please visit for a full member list and additional information.


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