Best of FlowingData: May 2009

I know a lot of you are new to FlowingData, so here are some of the most popular posts from the past couple of months in case you missed them:

  1. 27 Visualizations and Infographics to Understand the Financial Crisis
  2. Little Red Riding Hood, the Animated Infographic Story
  3. Pixel City: Computer-generated City
  4. 37 Data-ish Blogs You Should Know About
  5. Maps of the Seven Deadly Sins
  6. Legal Drinking Age Around the World
  7. 17 Ways to Visualize the Twitter Universe
  8. Web Trends Map from Information Architects, 4th edition
  9. Visual Representation of Tabular Information – How to Fix the Uncommunicative Table
  10. AIG Bailout: Where $173 billion Went

One thing you might have noticed about these top posts is that many of the topics were reader-suggested. Thanks to all of those who’ve sent me pointers via email and del.icio.us. Keep ’em coming. FlowingData would not be the same without you.

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