FlowingData turned 14 years old last week. Is that old? It feels old.
As I studied from across the country, it turned into a place to share links with classmates. Did you see that project on Infosthetics? How did Stamen make that map? These big infographics are getting out of hand.
I experimented. To my surprise and delight, stuff I made traversed the internets. Some work landed in my friends’ and family’s feeds through roundabout routes. I learned how visualization could reach a lot of people and get them excited about data.
Statistics grew out of that required course that everyone hated. Data also grew. It got big. It became a science.
Visualization grew with the data. Once thought of as just an analytical tool (to some), it developed into a medium for communication, expression, and storytelling.
As I finished my PhD, thinking about my future, I took job interviews. I think as the interviewee, you’re supposed to try to impress the interviewers. But deep down, it was the other way around for me. I was looking for someone to convince me that what they had to offer was better than running FlowingData. I didn’t find anything.
So, here I am, 6,243 posts, guides, tutorials, links, and projects later. Sheesh.
Thanks for reading. Thank you to supporting members. If you’re not a member yet and you’d like to keep the data flowing, I’d of course appreciate your support. I’m hoping to do this for many more years.