Best of FlowingData: November 2009

November was another good month. We passed the 25k-subscriber mark for the first time, which to be honest, kind of freaks me out when I think about it, but at the same time it’s of course really cool.

Thanks all for spreading the word, and continuing to tweet, email, and bookmark. A big thanks to those who leave comments on FlowingData too. Your contribution makes this place that much better.

In case you missed them, here are the top posts from November based on a combination of pageviews, comments, and links.

  1. Unemployment, 2004 to Present – The Country is Bleeding
  2. How to Make a US County Thematic Map Using Free Tools
  3. Land Mass and Population by Country
  4. 7 Visualization Groups On Flickr to Find Inspiration
  5. Fictional Character Interactions Over Time
  6. Class Size and SAT Scores By State
  7. A Land Where Men and Women are Paid Equally
  8. Failed Space Missions to Mars
  9. Make Thematic Maps With Cartographer.js
  10. Unemployment Rate For People Like You – NYT Interactive

From the Forums

There’s also a lot of good stuff going on in the FlowingData forums. Here are some interesting threads from the past month in no particular order.

Favorites

A Day in the Life of Americans

I wanted to see how daily patterns emerge at the individual level and how a person’s entire day plays out. So I simulated 1,000 of them.

The Best Data Visualization Projects of 2011

I almost didn’t make a best-of list this year, but as I clicked through the year’s post, it was hard …

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.

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.