Best of FlowingData 2009, and What to Expect in 2010

It was another interesting and sometimes exciting year for FlowingData. To think, I was beaming when there were 7,000 of you at the beginning of 2009. Now there’s almost four times that many of you, just over 26k. It’s crazy. I’m scared. Hold me.

Here are the top posts of 2009 based on traffic:

  1. 27 Visualizations and Infographics to Understand the Financial Crisis
  2. Unemployment, 2004 to Present – The Country is Bleeding
  3. How Long People Live in America
  4. Little Red Riding Hood, the Animated Infographic Story
  5. Maps of the Seven Deadly Sins
  6. Pixel City: Computer-generated City
  7. Fox News Makes the Best Pie Chart. Ever.
  8. Choose Your Own Adventure – Most Likely You’ll Die
  9. 37 Data-ish Blogs You Should Know About
  10. Mapping and Animating Growth of Target Across United States

What to Expect in 2010

Here’s what you have to look forward to next year on FlowingData, along with the same great stuff that you’re used to seeing here.


I’ve mostly featured others’ work along with some of my own experiments, but I recently found that there’s an area I haven’t covered nearly as much as I should: tips and tutorials.

Next year I’ll show you more of the how along with the what and bring in some outside help too. Contact me if you want to get your guest post groove on.

Data + Design Prints

Secondly, there will be more prints from FlowingPrints. I learned a lot from with our first edition on education, and I’m looking forward to continuing the project next year. Be sure to sign up for updates> so you know when new prints are available.

Also, if you have suggestions or ideas for future prints, I’d love to hear your thoughts. Let me know in the comments.

Data Underload

I’ve started a data comic of sorts called Data Underload. Not everything in the world should be visualized. Data Underload will try to do it anyways – weekly.

I posted the first one a few days ago. I amused myself and then confused the rest of you. Maybe you’ll be more entertained now that you know what it is – or I’m okay with laughing at my own jokes too. My wife knows that all too well.

Data Underload also has a second purpose. It’ll be a way for me to practice and gain hone my design skills. I’m finishing my last year in graduate school *fingers crossed* and I need to prepare myself so I can earn a living.

Thank You

Finally, I’d like to extend a big thanks to you, FlowingData reader. This blog, that started out as a way for me to catalog data schtuff, is what it is because of you. Thank you for sharing links, adding comments, participating in the forums, sending suggestions, and supporting FlowingPrints.

Thank you for it all.

I’m looking forward to another great year.

What do you want to see more of on FlowingData?