xkcd reading my mind somehow as usual. Not all state word maps are bad. But most of them are.
xkcd: Words in every state map
10 Best Data Visualization Projects of 2015
These are my picks for the best of 2015. As usual, they could easily appear in a different order on a different day, and there are projects not on the list that were also excellent.
Where Bars Outnumber Grocery Stores
A closer look at the age old question of where there are more bars than grocery stores, and vice versa.
Life expectancy changes
The data goes back to 1960 and up to the most current estimates for 2009. Each line represents a country.