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

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.

Reviving the Statistical Atlas of the United States with New Data

Due to budget cuts, there is no plan for an updated atlas. So I recreated the original 1870 Atlas using today’s publicly available data.

Graphical perception – learn the fundamentals first

Before you dive into the advanced stuff – like just about everything in your life – you have to learn the fundamentals before you know when you can break the rules.

Where People Run in Major Cities

There are many exercise apps that allow you to keep track of your running, riding, and other activities. Record speed, …