At the end of each month I pull together a collection of links to some of the most relevant, interesting or thought-provoking web content I’ve come across during the previous month. If you follow me on Twitter and Google+ you will see many of these items shared as soon as I find them.

Here’s part two of the latest collection from December 2011 (see part one):

Smashing Magazine | The Messy Art of UX Sketching - "I hear a lot of people talking about the importance of sketching when designing or problem-solving, yet it seems that very few people actually sketch" | Article

Urban Movements | New project mapping taxi routes in London | Static Visualisation | "2D’s Company, 3D’s a Crowd" - another excellent blog post from exploring the principles behind flaws with 3D representations of 2D data | Type

Excel Charts | "Data visualization is about finding and communicating patterns. But here is an often-forgotten truism: patterns are not some kind of ready-to-wear knowledge" | Article

BBC Technology News | UK Government opens up more data for free | Article

Business Week | Correlation or Causation? Correlation may not imply causation, but it sure can help us insinuate it - some humorous examples that explore this often misused statistical concept | Statistics

Guardian Datablog | 2011: the year in data, journalism (and charts) | Collection

Brainpickings | An Illustrated Visualization of What Can Happen in a Single Second | Book Preview

Core77 | First in a great series of profiles of a series of brilliant artists/illustrators famed for their cut-away/cross-section works | Illustrations

Guardian | 2011 - the news year in review | Interactive Visualisation

Infosthetics | Citeology: Visualizing the Relationships between Research Publications | Interactive Visualisation | Let's Keep Symbol Maps Clean And Tidy | Tutorial

Wired | Spineless Classics turns whole books into graphic art | Visualisations

FastCo Design | "Designers Behind Facebook Timeline: 5 Keys To Creating A UI With Soul" - Article/Interview with Nick Felton and Joey Flynn | Article/Interview

CR Blog | Honda goes 'Off the Grid' - "The latest work for Honda by Wieden + Kennedy is an interactive online experience that takes its cues from the way Street View allows users to move and look around a 360 degree photographed environment" | Advertising

Flink Labs | Ben Hosken's Top 5 in 2011 and outlook for 2012 | Review/Collection

The Why Axis | Google Zeitgeist Misses the Mark for 2011 - a much more in depth analysis (than I provided!) of the failure of the Google Zeitgeist visualisation | Critique

On Goals Scored | "This is a blog of football things that are interesting to look at. I usually post infographics or datagraphics that I have made. I also post about football posters, crests and the like" | Site

Data Remixed | How Data Visualization is Like Chess | Type

Nodebox Workshop | The output of the projects produced during the workshop "Dataviz: Visual Repesentation of Complex Phenomena" held in Torino during December 2011, Torino" | Collections

Wired | How Does the Brain Perceive Art? | Theory

Boston Globe | Brothers David and Yakir Reshef develop a new statistical tools "that rapidly flags patterns and identifies correlations in huge databases, from sports statistics to online social networks to the genomes being churned out by science laboratories" | Article

Greg Judelman | MSc Thesis - Knowledge Visualization: Problems and Principles for Mapping the Knowledge Space | Thesis

Perceptual Edge | Dieter Rams’ Ten Principles for Good Design | Article

MK Web | The wonderful and endlessly interesting site of Martin Krzywinski | Site

Guardian | England riots: mapping the distance from home to offence | Animated Visualisation

Flowing Data | Microsoft continues to be responsible for some of the worst product advertising, here trying to appeal to those who want explosions with their visual presentations | Video

American Copy Editors Society | More classic cock ups from the Fox News graphics portfolio | Bloopers

Presenting the top five most popular posts on Visualising Data during the past month:

The worst visualisation I’ve seen this year? Google Zeitgeist 2011 - December 16th, 2011

10 significant visualisation developments: July to December 2011 - December 19th, 2011

O’Reilly Strata Conference, Santa Clara 2012 (20% reader discount) - December 9th, 2011

Best of the visualisation web… November 2011 (part 1) - December 5th, 2011

Best of the visualisation web… November 2011 (part 2) - December 5th, 2011

Announcing 2012 data visualisation training course dates
Best of the visualisation web... December 2011 (part 1)