Data Visualization and D3.js Newsletter Issue 213 Weekly Data Visualization and D3.js Newsletter

Hi Friends -

Welcome to issue 213 of the Weekly Newsletter.

Onwards to this week's links...


  • An ode to the bar chart
    Modern data visualization impresses me. It's so darn elegant and appealing. So much to look at. It also befuddles me. It is incredible, the lengths information designers and the graphics desks at news organizations will go to these days to avoid using simple graphics like bar charts. And the graphics that replace them are so strange that I find myself wondering whether even the authors can make sense of their own designs, whether someone could quiz them on the data and they'd be able to use their own graphics to answer those questions...

Data Visualization Reading and Videos

  • What I Learned Recreating One Chart Using 24 Tools
    Back in May of this year, I set myself a challenge: I wanted to try as many applications and libraries and programming languages in the field of data visualization as possible. To compare these tools on a level playing field, I recreated the same scatterplot (also called a bubble chart) with all of them...Now I’ll take a higher-level view and compare these tools with each other; mapping out my learnings...
  • Best Of The Visualisation Web… October 2016
    At the end of each month I [Andy Kirk] pull together a collection of links to some of the most relevant, interesting or thought-provoking web content I’ve come across during the previous month. Here’s the latest collection from October 2016...
  • Is There A Place For Chord Charts In Data Visualisation?
    You can probably skip to the concluding statement of this predict that there’s going to be an element of “it depends” in the final conclusion. The question about chord charts themselves is a very specific example of a more general debate about simplicity versus complexity. The chord chart is certainly seen as a proxy for “complex” and this post is really a specific example of the continuing debate between simple and complex...

D3.js Reading and Videos

  • A mental model of what d3-queue does
    d3-queue is a library for JavaScript that makes it easier to work with multiple asynchronous functions that that use callbacks...There are three big problems that d3-queue solves for you. Those are: 1) Completion: how do you know when work is done?, 2) Order: how to you keep track of which result belongs to which request?, and 3) Concurrency: what happens when you do a lot of work all at the same time?...
  • uniquanti: Small Javascript App To Visualize Basic Statistics
    The goal of this app is to provide an interactive interface to help learn and teach basic quantitative variables univariate analysis and visualization. You can display basic statistics and visualizations, play around with parameters, zoom, pan, drag data points, and everything should be updated dynamically with transitions...It is build on D3js, and can run in any modern browser (no server side installation needed)...

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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