In this tutorial we’ll walk through the basic types of charts and graphs and how we can create them using D3. When we understand the basics, we can begin to build more complex visualizations.
You need to take into consideration more than just the data. For instance, we need to consider issues with color, size, resolution, and audience. There are several tools to help and we’ll look at some of the gotchas to make sure your designs are the best possible.
Even if you have the data, selected the right chart, and managed to make it suit your needs, you still need to figure out exactly what story you want to tell. By putting a laser focus on just a few aspects of what you are trying to convey and telling that story as best as possible, you can make the best impact. We’ll go through some of those storytelling techniques.
Using D3 and other tools, we’ll go through some examples and show you how you can be a hero at your job. The goal is for you to go back afterward and impress your co-workers with your new data design skills.
Brian Suda is a master informatician currently residing in Reykjavík, Iceland. Since first logging on in the mid-’90s, he has spent a good portion of each day connected to the internet. When he is not hacking on microformats or writing about web technologies, he enjoys taking kite aerial photography. His own little patch of internet can be found at Suda.co.uk, where many of his past projects, publications, interviews, and crazy ideas can be found.
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