Data Visualization and D3.js Newsletter Issue 12 Weekly Data Visualization and D3.js Newsletter

Hi Friends -

Welcome to the twelfth issue of's Weekly Newsletter .

Onwards to this week's links...


  • What Makes Popular Data Visualizations Intuitive and Unintuitive
    This paper intends to analyze whether we use these data objects in the right way to solve the problem of conveying information, how intuitive they are from a user’s perspective and in the process of doing so whether we are justifying the real purpose of showing information in a way that our brains can process easily.
  • Great Circle Arc Intersections - Jason Davies
    Beautiful exploration in D3.js of the Intersection algorithm based on Great Circle Arc intersects Great Circle Arc. [Editor's note: Be sure to drag the end points and Globes as well as look at the source code of the page.]

Data Visualization Reading and Videos

  • New York Times InfoGraphics and Data Visualizations
    Very few newspapers have a team dedicated to data visualization and information design. Even fewer roll them out as consistently and on a tight schedule as the The New York Times. This is a collection of some of them.
  • Data Visualization For Dummies
    A straightforward, full-color guide to showcasing data so your audience can see what you mean, not just read about it.

D3.js Reading and Videos

  • D3.js 101 - A Technical Intro
    What D3 is, What D3 Can Do, How D3 Works, Hands-On Examples. [Editor's note: This is a web presentation - use your left-right and up/down keys to go through the presentation]
  • Slippy Map + Extent Indicator
    Extent indicator globe using d3.geo.orthographic and radial gradients. Make sure to click on the Globe to rotate the planet.
  • D3.js Charts Transition Demo
    This is a port of the tutorial written by Jim Vallandingham, published at FlowingData. Great piece for learning D3 transitions. The original code is in CoffeeScript which I feel a bit hard to understand. This is the ported to plain JavaScript Version.


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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