Best of FlowingData – February 2010

It was a good month for FlowingData. We passed the 30k-reader mark, and I think this past month was an all-time high for pageviews. Thanks again. everyone for reading and sharing FlowingData.

I also managed to switch servers (semi-) successfully while updating the FD homepage in the process. Make sure you check that out if you haven’t already, and let me know what you think in the comments.

In case you missed them, here are the most popular posts from last month ranked by a combination of views, comments, and trackbacks. I especially enjoyed a lot of the thoughtful discussion that came out of these posts.

  1. Track Mouse Activity On Your Computer
  2. How a Giant Shark Took Down an Airplane
  3. Data Underload #9 – Big Graphic Blueprint
  4. Where Bars Trump Grocery Stores
  5. Excessively Labeled Airplane Tells You Where the Big Cheese Sits
  6. Think like a statistician – without the math
  7. Road to Recovery – Is the Recovery Act working?
  8. Data Underload #8 – Unsolicited
  9. An Easy Way to Make a Treemap
  10. Challenge: make this graph easier to read

From the Forums

There was also some good stuff going on in the forums with a couple of job postings and some data goodies.

Data Visualization Guru – Energy group EnergyHub is looking for someone who can help visualize their data.

Interactive Data Visualization help needed – So is FrogDesign, but for a smaller project.

Visual Architects Contest – Do you have what it takes to win?

WinterOlympicMedals – The Olympics are over, but that doesn’t mean you have to stop playing with several decades of medal data [thanks, annie]

Favorites

Who is Older and Younger than You

Here’s a chart to show you how long you have until you start to feel your age.

Most popular porn searches, by state

We’ve seen that we can learn from what people search for, through the eyes of Google suggestions: state stereotypes, national …

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.

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.