Data Visualization for Web Designers: You Already Know How to Do This

Tom Carden (Bloom)
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Today’s web developer is armed with a powerful suite of tools
optimized for writing network-aware, data-driven, interactive
graphical applications. Modern web browsers provide a powerful
flexible programming language (Javascript), an expressive and
elaborate styling system (CSS) and two robust, battle tested document
models (HTML and SVG). In the rare cases these aren’t enough, new
technologies like WebGL and Canvas can fill the gaps and old standbys
like Flash haven’t gone anywhere. You know how to do this!

In this session we’ll:

  • take a look at the best examples of interactive, web-based data
    visualization and talk about how they work and what they achieve (and
    where they fail)
  • explore the tools, techniques and resources out there for today’s
    web developers and designers working with graphical presentations of
    data (e.g. Processing JS, Protovis, D3, Google Maps, etc.)
  • look to the future of data visualization online and what features
    new technologies like WebGL will offer that we haven’t seen before
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Tom Carden


Tom creates dynamic and interactive graphics, maps, and data visualizations for the web. At Stamen Design he created innovative software for clients like Microsoft, MSNBC, Trulia, and the London Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games. Previously, wrote passenger flow simulation software for YRM, a London-based architectural studio. He was an active and early participant in the Processing and OpenStreetMap communities and has spoken at conferences including South by Southwest, UX Week, ETech, and Where 2.0. He holds a B.Sc. in Artificial Intelligence with Mathematics from the University of Leeds and an M.Sc. in Virtual Environments, Imaging and Visualisation from University College London.

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  • Microsoft Corporation
  • Rackspace Hosting
  • .CO
  • Serve (amex)
  • Tagged
  • Berlin Partner
  • IBT
  • OpenSRS
  • PR Newswire
  • RIM
  • SoftLayer
  • StrataScale Inc.
  • TokBox

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