My fundamental objective for FD this 12 months was to make charts.

I hoped to make one chart per week, together with the publication and tutorials, which might power me to focus and spend much less time dwelling on a dataset. I didn’t fairly get to 1 per week, however I made about twice as many graphics as I did final 12 months. I’ll take it.

As a substitute of long-ish, in-depth analyses, I normally checked out one dataset from numerous angles, making one or two graphics per angle. Mainly, as an alternative of essays, I opted for small collections of brief tales.

So, listed here are the preferred subjects/datasets and their accompanying charts.

1. Paths to Marriage

The How Couples Meet and Keep Collectively dataset was enjoyable to have a look at, as a result of it supplied particulars for particular person relationships and was a peek into the “So how’d you two meet?” query for a whole lot of relationships.

2. How Sleep Patterns Change with Age

The American Time Use Survey is the dataset that retains on giving.

three. How A lot Cash Folks Make

Is your wage excessive sufficient? What do different folks make? The American Group Survey supplied an in depth view.

four. Saving for Retirement

There was an article going round quoting some age when folks attain $100okay in financial savings. I used to be curious in regards to the particulars, as a result of I’m getting outdated. The Survey of Client Funds supplied a peek.

5. In search of Work-Life Stability (with Children)

As somebody who’s self-employed and works from residence, I’m continually in the hunt for the proper steadiness as a result of work and residential are so tightly-knit for me. And children change every little thing. I additionally typically marvel about others’ day-to-day. I got here again to the American Time Use Survey and the American Group Survey.

For me, this 12 months was about staying extra targeted and being productive. I’ll attempt to preserve the identical focus subsequent 12 months, however I’ll attempt to take extra aspect routes in hopes of discovering new toys to play with.

A 12 months of Members-Solely

I’ve had memberships on FD for nearly eight years now, however this was the primary full 12 months the location was fully member-supported. It appears to be working. Thanks to everybody who continues to assist this little website of mine.

Subsequent 12 months goes to be larger and higher.

On the finish of this 12 months, I launched a pattern of what’s to come back. For a very long time, it’s simply been me round right here, however you’ll see new factors of view and new visualization instruments. I even have new tasks for members within the queue. It needs to be enjoyable.

Thanks for studying. Thanks for supporting.

Trying to Visualization in 2020

I believe we are able to all agree that visualization is a bonafide factor now. Large corporations are spending many on shopping for visualization corporations. There are books aplenty. There are instruments aplenty.

Ten years in the past, I used to be sitting in a database class and we had been making introductions. I stated I used to be in statistics with a concentrate on knowledge visualization. The man subsequent to me taking notes on his laptop computer typed, “Information visualization????” as a reminder to look it up in a while.

Nowadays, I inform non-data folks what I do, and a few are already acquainted with the sector. What progress.

So we’re in an excellent place.

That stated, whereas I’m glad visualization is taken critically now, I hope that we nonetheless depart room for enjoyable and novelty subsequent 12 months. That’s all I would like. The remainder will handle itself.

See you all subsequent 12 months. Let’s make it an excellent one.


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