Best of FlowingData – January 2009

FlowingData has seen a lot of new readers in the past couple of weeks, so in case you missed them, here are the top posts of last month.

  1. 5 Best Data Visualization Projects of the Year
  2. Visual Guide to the Financial Crisis
  3. Why Do Freeways Come to An Annoying Hault
  4. Watching the Growth of Walmart Across America, Interactive Edition
  5. How to Make a Graph in Adobe Illustrator
  6. Visualizing Twitter as Barack Obama Became 44th President
  7. 9 Ways to Visualize Consumer Spending
  8. Watch the Rise of Gasoline Prices
  9. Heavy Metal Band Names Flow Chart
  10. Flow Chart Shows You What Chart to Use

The new readers might also want to check out the FlowingData beginner's guide for some of the top stuff since I started this blog.

Favorites

Jobs Charted by State and Salary

Jobs and pay can vary a lot depending on where you live, based on 2013 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Here’s an interactive to look.

Real Chart Rules to Follow

There are rules—usually for specific chart types meant to be read in a specific way—that you shouldn’t break. When they are, everyone loses. This is that small handful.

Think Like a Statistician – Without the Math

I call myself a statistician, because, well, I’m a statistics graduate student. However, the most important things I’ve learned are less formal, but have proven extremely useful when working/playing with data.

Watching the growth of Walmart – now with 100% more Sam’s Club

The ever so popular Walmart growth map gets an update, and yes, it still looks like a wildfire. Sam’s Club follows soon after, although not nearly as vigorously.