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Make Data Work
31 May–1 June 2016: Training
1 June–3 June 2016: Conference
London, UK

Introduction to visualizations using D3

Brian Suda (
13:30–17:00 Wednesday, 1/06/2016
Visualization & user experience
Location: Capital Suite 15 Level: Intermediate
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Prerequisite knowledge

Attendees should be familiar with JSON and understand how to manipulate data. It would be good to have a dataset that you would like to work on so you can think about the different issues, ideas, and concepts you learn in relation to your specific issues.


Brian Suda walks attendees through the basic types of charts and graphs and explains how to create them using D3, the most popular, easiest, and most extensible way to get your data online in an interactive way. When you understand the basics, you can begin to build more complex visualizations.

To create a good visualization, you must consider more than just the data; Brian explores color, size, resolution, and audience choices and the tools to help you make them. Brian also looks at some of the gotchas to make sure your designs are the best possible.

After you’ve made these choices, you still need to figure out exactly what story you want to tell. Brian discusses storytelling techniques that help you make the best impact 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. Then, using D3 and other tools, Brian covers some examples and shows you how you can be a hero at your job. You’ll go back to work and impress your coworkers with your new data design skills.

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Brian Suda

Brian Suda is a master informatician currently residing in Reykjav√≠k, 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, where many of his past projects, publications, interviews, and crazy ideas can be found.