Ben Gibson and Patrick Mulligan, cofounders of Pop Chart Lab in Brooklyn, New York, worked on this poster-sized guide to mixology for over a year. Displayed here are 69 cocktails with all of their ingredients, ingredient ratios, and serving glasses. Spirits are in the middle as a piechart, the cocktails are in a ring around, and the mixers and condiments are above and below.

The Popification of the Top 40 by Gavin Potenza for Billboard. "The data called for a linear formation, and since we were working in such a limited space, we thought a snakelike formation would work best," says Potenza. It's a timeline of the last 20 years of Billboard Top 40 hits, showing how pop music increasingly dominates the charts.

"The Breaking Bad Body Count." All the deaths in the first 54 episodes of Breaking Bad, with each deceased character represented by a faux chemical formula indicating when he or she died, how they died, and who killed them. By John LaRue for the blog TDYLF, minutes after the end of the Breaking Bad Season 5 Finale.

Gay Rights in the U.S., state by state, by Feilding Cage and Gabriel Dance for the Guardian. States are placed on a wheel according to geography, which allows the graphic to show multiple dimensions of gay rights side by side, which would not have been possible with a traditional map. For the full interactive map, click here.

Paths through New York City, by artist Eric Fischer. A "Flow Map" of New York City derived from the locations of tweets tagged with the locations of their senders.

The starting and ending points of each trip come from a pair of geotagged tweets by the same person, and the path in between them is an estimate, routed along the densest corridor of other people's geotagged tweets.

"It uses the huge mass of information that people provide everyday on Twitter about where they go and where they spend their time to produce a 'fantasy subway map,'" says the artist.

This Wind Map shows the delicate tracery of wind over the United States, in near real time. By Fernand Viegas and Martin Wattenberg of Google's data visualization group in Boston.

Tornado Tracks: 56 Years of Tornado Tracks as monitored by the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), with brightness tied to F-scale, by John Nelson.

The Quantified Self: Nicholas Felton, cofounder of Daytum.com and a member of the product design team at Facebook, gathers massive amounts of information about how he spends his time and then publishes it in his own corporate report.

8 Of The Year's Most Creative Infographics

The Best American Infographics offers 165 pages of dry facts and figures transformed into eye candy. Here are eight of our favorites.

Fancy flowcharts! Colorful maps! A running cheetah made see-through! In this age of information overload, infographics have evolved into a vital new vernacular, transforming the Internet’s daily avalanche of facts and figures into digestible and often beautiful images.

Edited by Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist Gareth Cook and with an introduction by polymath musician-writer-data visualization fanatic David Byrne, The Best American Infographics 2013 offers 165 pages of graphic answers to questions you never thought to ask, from "How fast is Usain Bolt?" to "Who reads erotica?" to "How do you move a coffee cup with your mind?" Click on the slide show above to see our selections for the best of The Best—eight of the year’s most creative data visualizations.

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