Visualizations are a key part of conveying any dataset. D3 is the most popular, easiest, and most extensible way to get your data online in an interactive way. Brian Suda outlines best practices for good data visualizations and explains how you can build them using D3. Brian walks attendees through the basic types of charts and graphs and demonstrates how to create them using D3. Once you understand the basics, you can begin to build more complex visualizations.
Creating a good visualization requires more than just the data. You also need to consider issues with color, size, resolution, and audience, to give just a few examples. Brian offers an overview of several helpful tools and explores some of the gotchas to make sure your designs are the best possible. But even if you have the data, have selected the right chart, and managed to make it suit your needs, you still need to figure out what story you want to tell. Brian shows how you can make the most 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 goes through some examples so that you can go back to work and impress your coworkers 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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