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

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.

Famous Movie Quotes as Charts

In celebration of their 100-year anniversary, the American Film Institute selected the 100 most memorable quotes from American cinema, and …

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.

How to Spot Visualization Lies

Many charts don’t tell the truth. This is a simple guide to spotting them.