Data Visualization and D3.js Newsletter Issue 11 Weekly Data Visualization and D3.js Newsletter

Hi Friends -

Welcome to the eleventh issue of's Weekly Newsletter .

Onwards to this week's links...


  • Clinical trials in Multiple Sclerosis
    The below interactive D3.js bubble chart presents key features of the 104 clinical trials in MS that have been reported to date (Nov-2012) in the scientific litterature (New England Journal of Medicine, Lancet, Lancet Neurology, Neurology, etc).

Data Visualization Reading and Videos

  • US energy consumption since 1775
    The animated data visualization shows the dramatic change in energy consumption seen in the US since the country's independence (1776), all the way to 2011. Energy Sources included are Biomass, Coal, Petroleum, Natural Gas, Captured Energy and Nuclear.
  • Color Theory for Designers, Part 1: The Meaning of Color
    Color in design is very subjective. What evokes one reaction in one person may evoke a very different reaction in somone else. Studying how colors affect different people, either individually or as a group, is something some people build their careers on.
  • “Those that Don’t Know History…” - Stephen Few
    We’re all familiar with Edmund Burke’s well-known line “Those that don’t know history are destined to repeat it.” Burke’s insight applies in spades to the history of data visualization and its practitioners.

D3.js Reading and Videos

  • Creating Animated Bubble Charts in D3
    Recently, the New York Times featured a bubble chart of the proposed budget for 2013 by Shan Carter . It features some nice, organic, animations, and smooth transitions that add a lot of visual appeal to the graphic. This was all done using D3.js .
  • Chroma + Phi (ϕ)
    A D3.js exploration of color generation based on the golden ratio (phi). Generating colors according to this ratio allows any arbitrary number of new values to be added, while maximizing the separation between nearest values.


  • Postdoc, Machine Learning/Information Visualisation (Belgium)
    The project intends to import the concepts of interactivity and controllability from the field of information visualization and to integrate them in advanced DR techniques in order to improve their acceptance by users and broaden their range of application.
  • Data Visualisation Consultant - IBM (Ireland)
    The Smarter Cities Technology Centre is part of IBM Research and was created to take on the challenges of our increasingly urbanized world. Research will be conducted in the context of industry data and challenges, such as transportation, energy, social media analytics and effective natural resource management.

Hope that you had a great past week and that next week is even better!

Wishing you the best, 
Sebastian Gutierrez

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