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The Most Trendy Names in US History

Names are incredibly personal things. It's how we identity ourselves. We associate others, places, and points in our past with names. Maybe you recall a family member, a celebrity, or…

Economist spotting

It was surprisingly hard for me to find a physical copy of this week's The Economist, but I got it. Pretty awesome.…

Reading the data

The Economist covered a handful of visualization books in this week's issue, and Data Points was in the bunch (nice).…

Grocery store geography

I've been poking around grocery store locations, courtesy of AggData, the past few days. There's a grocery store just about everywhere you go in the United States, because, well, we…

What the Sexes Want, in Speed Dating

A few years ago I downloaded speed dating data from experiments conducted by Raymond Fisman, et al. (2005), which represents about 8,000 dates by 551 people. On each date, people…

Data Points: Sample chapter

It's hard to believe it's been over a month since Data Points: Visualization That Means Something hit the shelves. Thanks to all of you for the tweets, emails, and pictures…

Introducing Data Points

Whoa, that was fast. Data Points is now available. Thanks to all of you for making this possible.…

Data Points: Preview

This appeared at my door today. It's awesome. I suspect those who pre-ordered Data Points (thanks!) should receive their copies soon.…

Data Points: What it’s like to write a book

As the publication of Data Points nears, I'm excited to hold it in my hands just like I was the first time. It feels weird to say that. In college,…

Data Points: First look

For the past year, I've been working on Data Points: Visualization that Means Something, and you can pre-order it now. Visualization has grown a lot in the 5-something years I've…

The real A/C repair schedule

My central air conditioner started to suck about a month ago, so I called A/C repair. It took them five appointments, four to assess the problem and one to fix…

What 3-D pie charts are good for

3-D pie charts are never a good idea? Ha. You just got served.…

Girls expected to live shorter lives in some counties?

We've seen life expectancy at the country and state levels, but the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation recently released life expectancy data at the county level.

Gender wage gap, how much less women make than men

Three or four articles on the gender wage gap popped up on my radar last week, some focusing on the rise of women as the lead household earner and others on how much less women make. I took a look.

Changing face of plastic surgery

Many people aren't happy with their face or body, and a proportion of those turn to plastic surgery to try to alleviate their displeasure. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons…

Why I Want to Quit Cable

There are good reasons to cancel cable, but there were a few channels and programs that kept me on. When you look at it in dollars though, it's hard to justify the value for the cost.

Where are the biggest box office movies (not) streaming?

After seeing Tristan Louis' list that tallied the streaming availability of 2011's top 100 box office hits, I was curious what it looked like graphically.

Vehicles involved in fatal crashes

After seeing a map in The Guardian, I was curious about what other data was available from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association. It turns out there's a lot.

Visualize This: Signed copies available

Quick announcement: I have a handful of signed Visualize This copies available in case you're looking for a gift for that data geek cousin or you're up for some learning…

Visualize This: Price Fluctuations

It's been about three months since Visualize This came out, and in case you haven't gotten your hands on a copy yet, now might be a good time to get…

Life expectancy changes

I played around with D3 some more. This time I used data from The World Bank to look at life expectancy over time and by country. The data goes back…

Who does all the text messaging? Young adults by far.

The Pew Internet and American Life Project published the results of their texting study, showing that young adults text more than anyone else. The report refers to a lot of…

How do Americans spend their days?

One of my favorite data graphics is an interactive piece by The New York Times that shows how Americans spend their day, based on the American Time Use Survey (ATUS).…

Visualize This: Spotted in the wild

It's been about a month since Visualize This came out, but it took a while for it to sink in. I mean, I don't feel like, as my wife likes…

Brand sentiment showdown

There are many brands on Twitter that exist to uphold an image of the company they represent. As consumers, we can communicate with these accounts, voicing praise or displeasure (usually…

Visualize This: eBook formats and sample chapter

Last week I announced the release of Visualize This: The FlowingData Guide to Design, Visualization, and Statistics, and I have to admit: I was addicted to the listing on Amazon,…

Visualize This: Published

Right now, at this very moment, I have an actual physical book on my desk, with my name on it, that says Visualize This: The FlowingData Guide to Design, Visualization,…

Where the aliens are flying their UFOs

I came across some UFO sightings data on Infochimps, from the National UFO Reporting Center, and it seemed like a good excuse to mess around in R. I was just…

Visualize This: Preview

Some little birds told me that they received their "coming soon" notifications from Amazon about Visualize This. Exciting. (Thanks, pre-orderees :). I just got the PDF of the book not…

Largest data breaches of all time

As I'm sure you know, Sony has been having all sorts of data breach problems lately — namely a million passwords from the Sony Pictures site, 77 million accounts from…