Exercise your freedom to create interactive infographics

Freedom in the 50 States
Freedom in the 50 States

Freedom in the 50 States is a very nice site showing how states compare along a variety of measures of freedom. Included in the list are your freedom to gamble, smoke marijuana, drink alcohol, have bachelor parties, and shoot off fireworks and guns. Note: please do not exercise all your freedoms at once.

The colored map and detailed drill-down show 37 measures, yet they forgot to include one important freedom: your freedom to communicate data with ease and create interactive infographics in minutes. Don't worry, we've got a heaping-helping of info-liberation. So before you send an angry e-mail to your congressman, take a look at what we put together with Slice in under an hour:

Slice version of Freedom in the 50 States
Slice version of Freedom in the 50 States

Like the Freedom site, we want users to be able to choose a metric and be able to see which states are freedom-loving and which are freedom-hating (I'm look at you, South Dakota, with your anti-bachelor party policies). That's our new "map slice" in action, which can color states based on our data or overlay colored bubbles to visualize locations.

To add even more data exploring fun, we created a visualization to let you compare two states side by side.  Check out how North Dakota totally dominates California on freedoms.

Having flexed my information visualization freedom muscles, I'm off to ride my bike without a helmet while drinking a 32-ounce soda.