• Data Underload #5 – The Portfolio

    January 18, 2010  |  Data Underload


  • Graphical World Progress Report – Now Available

    January 14, 2010  |  Projects

    Want the report? Details at the end on how to get a print. (Update: All proceeds go to UNICEF towards relief effort in Haiti.

    UNdata provides a catalog of 27 United Nations statistical databases and 60 million records about the past, present, and future state of the world. Topics include demographics, life expectancy, labor levels, poverty, and a lot more. What does all that data mean though? World Progress Report, the latest from FlowingPrints, offers a look into the expansive UN collection.

    In whole, the report tells a story of how we live and die, and the stuff in between.
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  • Data Underload #4 – Little Things

    January 12, 2010  |  Data Underload


  • Graphical World Progress Report – A Sneak Peek

    January 7, 2010  |  Projects

    World Progress Report Peak

    FYI: A new edition on the current state of the world is coming soon from FlowingPrints. Join the mailing list to be first to know when it's available. I'm only going to take orders for one week this time around, so please please make sure you sign up. More info coming next week.
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  • Data Underload #3 – The Resolution Cycle

    January 4, 2010  |  Data Underload


  • Data Underload #2

    December 21, 2009  |  Data Underload


  • Data Underload #1

    December 14, 2009  |  Data Underload


  • Past 25 Years of Consumer Spending

    December 2, 2009  |  Projects

    consumer spending

    How has consumer spending changed over the past 25 years? Do we spend more on some things and spend less on other than we did in the early 80s? In this interactive, based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, you can explore just that.
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  • The Dumbest City in America

    November 13, 2009  |  Projects

    Fresno flagEver since my hometown Fresno, California was ranked the dumbest city in America (albeit, with a flawed ranking system), the first FlowingPrints series, on the state of education, has taken on new meaning. It became personal, and then it occurred to me that it should be personal for everyone. I think most of us know how important a good education is.

    Needless to say, my old high school and middle school now each have a copy of the series. My mom hand-delivered them (thanks, Mom). I've also been sending prints to schools, libraries, and education departments across the country near those who have already bought prints for themselves (thanks, all).

    But I need more help.

    From here on out, until all the prints are gone out of my garage, for every print you buy, I'll send one to local education. If you simply don't have any wall space, how about sending the series to a high school near you or your local library? I'll send another to your local education board.

    Get the warm fuzzies, and spread awareness today. For the cost of a few lattes, you'll be supporting education, your community, and data. Plus, you'll be getting some beautifully designed prints.

  • Make Your Walls Way Cooler With Data

    October 14, 2009  |  Projects

    Like I said, data graphics that aren't interactive are a lot better in print. I'm not sure what it is exactly but it's the same feeling as holding a physical book in your hands over reading an electronic version online. It just feels right.
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  • How Long People Live in America

    October 2, 2009  |  Projects

    Life Expectancy in America

    In this graphic, we take a look at some data on how long you're expected to live.

    Live in Hawaii and you just might live a little longer.

    Hawaii has an average life expectancy at birth of 80.0 years. It's 72.0 years in Washington, D.C., the lowest life expectancy in the country.

  • TV Size Over the Past 8 Years

    September 23, 2009  |  Projects


    Apparently the average television size is going to be 60 inches by 2015. Do we really need that much television? I mean, come on.

    I used to watch my mom's old 9-inch black-and-white television in my room, and I thought it was the greatest thing ever. PacMan on my cousin's hand-me-down Atari couldn't look any better. Things are a little different now, yeah? I wonder what my Xbox games would look like on that old TV.

    Anyways, I scraped television size data from CNET reviews, representing the past eight years or so, and actually, growth isn't as dramatic as you might think.

  • your.flowingdata Gets an Upgrade + Free iPhone App

    August 27, 2009  |  Projects

    yfd logoIt's been fun to see your.flowingdata evolve the past few weeks, and it's good to see so many of you making use of it. Thanks for all the useful feedback too.

    For those already using YFD, you'll be pleased to know there are a few new features. If you haven't had the chance, you can start collecting data with YFD in just a few steps.
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  • your.flowingdata Update: Share Data and Set Reminders

    August 7, 2009  |  Projects

    It's been about three weeks since I announced the new version of your.flowingdata (YFD), and I'm pleased with how things have progressed. We've seen over 21,000 data points tweeted by all of you. Very cool.

    People are tracking lots of different aspects of their lives including diet, bodily functions, and bad habits. Someone is tracking their child's new words while another is recording who he meets up with. Some have written scripts to automate their data logging. It's beautiful, really. Tear.

    New Stuff

    This is of course still the beginning though. There are a lot of things in the works and many features planned. I've got a long to-do list.

    In this first set of updates we've got:

    1. Public and Private Custom Data Pages
    2. Reminders
    3. Detailed help section

    Share Your Data with Custom Pages

    Your data is still private, but now you can share some of it with others with custom pages. The way it works is you have access to modules that you can organize the way you want on your page. Make the page public and then share the URL.

    I've created a health page (above) for myself. Other users have made pages for caloric consumption, reading, t-shirt colors, glucose levels, morale and productivity, and drug intake among plenty of other stuff.

    Another benefit of custom pages, other than sharing, is that they let you create custom views into your data that you can check in on with a single click. You can make your pages private too.

    Remind Yourself

    I think reminders might be the most requested feature from new YFD users. Well, here you go. Data logging takes a little bit of getting used to in the beginning, so you can set reminders for yourself. Set the number of days you're allowed to go without tweeting any data. If you pass the threshold, YFD will send (DM) you a friendly reminder.

    More Help

    Finally, I've put together more help on how to use your.flowingdata, namely a searchable FAQ. I based a lot of the new help docs on questions and feedback you guys asked and left in the forums. Hopefully, it makes things much more clear.

    Get Started Now

    If you're interested in recording your life in data, it's easy to get started with YFD:

    1. Follow @yfd on Twitter
    2. Sign in to your.flowingdata with Twitter
    3. Start recording data following the directions in the quick start guide.

    (Hopefully Twitter has recovered from the denial-of-service attack by the time this post goes up.)

    As usual, all comments and questions are welcome below or in the your.flowingdata forum.

  • Collect Data About Yourself with Twitter – your.flowingdata is Live

    July 15, 2009  |  Online Applications, Projects

    your.flowingdata (YFD), a Twitter application that lets you collect data about yourself, is now LIVE!

    I feel like I've been working on this project forever, but it's finally at a place where I think it's ready for human consumption. And unlike the previous version, what you track is completely up to you.
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  • Sneak Peek: New Version of your.flowingdata Coming Soon

    July 8, 2009  |  Projects, Self-surveillance

    The brand new version of your.flowingdata (YFD) is coming soon, and of course, as a FlowingData reader, you get the first peak. Newer readers might not know what I'm talking about. Well, it's an online application that lets you collect data about yourself via Twitter.

    Follow @yfd on Twitter to be the first to try it out when it's ready.
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  • FlowingPrints: Posterizing the World’s Data, Plus FlowingData Newsletter

    May 27, 2009  |  Announcements, Projects

    For the longest time I've been obsessed with data visualization and infographics in print, specifically posters. Visualization on the Web is great, but there's a limitation with screen real estate, and data in print has always just felt so much sexier. I remember when I was at The Times and I saw my very first graphic online. It was cool, but it was even cooler when I saw it in the paper the next morning.

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  • your.flowingdata: Collect Data About Yourself via Twitter

    March 10, 2009  |  Projects, Self-surveillance

    As many of you know, I've been working on a project that lets you collect data about yourself via direct messages on Twitter. It's called your.flowingdata (YFD). It started with just weight and sleep, but it's slowly growing. I recently added entertainment, potty time, smoking, mood, and something I call YFD pulse. You can now also download your data in CSV format.
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  • Progress: A Graphical Report on the State of the World

    March 3, 2009  |  Infographics, Projects

    You might recall that the United Nations Statistics Division launched UNdata about one week short of a year ago, which was an improvement on the previous United Nations Commons Database. UNdata provides a gateway into 22 United Nations databases and 66 million records. Yeah, it's a lot of data, but what do we do with it? What does it mean? Progress: A Graphical Report on the State of the World is a modest attempt to make some sense of it all; and by all, I mean a small subset.
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  • Mapping and Animating Growth of Target Across United States

    January 30, 2009  |  Projects

    After I produced a map that shows the growth of Walmart, there were tons of comments that were along the lines of, "I would love to see this for insert company here." I was happy to see the enthusiasm, but the hard part is getting the data for all store locations and opening dates.
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