Best of FlowingData: May 2009

I know a lot of you are new to FlowingData, so here are some of the most popular posts from the past couple of months in case you missed them:

  1. 27 Visualizations and Infographics to Understand the Financial Crisis
  2. Little Red Riding Hood, the Animated Infographic Story
  3. Pixel City: Computer-generated City
  4. 37 Data-ish Blogs You Should Know About
  5. Maps of the Seven Deadly Sins
  6. Legal Drinking Age Around the World
  7. 17 Ways to Visualize the Twitter Universe
  8. Web Trends Map from Information Architects, 4th edition
  9. Visual Representation of Tabular Information – How to Fix the Uncommunicative Table
  10. AIG Bailout: Where $173 billion Went

One thing you might have noticed about these top posts is that many of the topics were reader-suggested. Thanks to all of those who’ve sent me pointers via email and Keep ’em coming. FlowingData would not be the same without you.



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.

Years You Have Left to Live, Probably

The individual data points of life are much less predictable than the average. Here’s a simulation that shows you how much time is left on the clock.

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.

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.