Best of FlowingData – July 2010

Thanks again, everyone for sharing FlowingData. It was another good month, and it wouldn’t be the same without you. In case you missed them, here are the most popular posts from the past month, based on views, comments, and links.

  1. Flowchart to lifelong happiness
  2. History of The Beatles as told by their hair
  3. How to win Rock-paper-scissors every time
  4. Periodic table of swearing
  5. Path to happiness gets complicated and confusing
  6. Citizen’s guide to fancy pants coffee drinks
  7. Flowchart shows the startup business cycle
  8. 7 Basic Rules for Making Charts and Graphs
  9. Who participates online, by age
  10. How Britain has changed since 1997

And remember – the FlowingData forums is still a great place to get your data questions answered, share tasty links, and post visualization job openings.

Favorites

Shifting Incomes for American Jobs

For various occupations, the difference between the person who makes the most and the one who makes the least can be significant.

Life expectancy changes

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

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.

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.