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.


Life expectancy changes

The data goes back to 1960 and up to the most current estimates for 2009. Each line represents a country.

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.

The Best Data Visualization Projects of 2014

It’s always tough to pick my favorite visualization projects. Nevertheless, I gave it a go.

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.