Data Visualization and D3.js Newsletter Issue 83 Weekly Data Visualization and D3.js Newsletter

Hi Friends -

Welcome to the 83rd issue of's Weekly Newsletter

Onwards to this week's links...


  • Mapping In Google Spreadsheets
    I was researching how the Sheets tool in Google Drive could be used as a quick and easy visualization tool when I re-discovered its simple map functionality. While there are plenty of more powerful mapping tools if you want to have a lot of features, you might consider just sticking with a spreadsheet for some of your simpler projects.

Data Visualization Reading and Videos

  • Eyeo Festival Day 1
    Here are my very rushed notes from some of the talks on day 1 of the Eyeo Festival in Minneapolis, where “artists, designers and coders build and bend technology and give us a glimpse into what’s possible, into what’s next. Notes on Mike Bostock, Giorgia Lupi, Sarah Williams, Brian House, and Cesar Hidalgo.
  • Eyeo Festival Day 2
    Notes on Day two of the Eyeo Festival in Minneapolis. To recap, this is an event that focuses on the intersection between art, technology and design, with a strong emphasis on data. Notes on Kim Rees, Paola Antonelli, Darius Kazemi, James George, and Jonathan Minard.
  • 50 Excellent Data Visualization Examples For Presentations
    There are some data visualization techniques that present your data much better than expected, intelligent, beautiful, original and in an excellent way. We have gathered some of the most attractive and unique ideas of data visualization examples.
  • Good Data Visualization In HTML5
    I have recently had the pleasure of speaking on the Data Visualization in Sweden at DevSum...The goal of this presentation was to educate developers about: a) The importance of good Data Visualization, b) Good & bad practices, and c) Tools in HTML5 to build visualizations. Here are my slides from the presentation. I hope they help you understand Data Visualization a little more.

D3.js Reading and Videos

  • Choropleth Maps With D3 - Part 1
    When you need fine-grained control over the presentation and interactivity of your geospatial data, D3 can be a powerful tool. Today we'll walk through how to create a popular visualization; the choropleth map. These are used to show the relative concentration of data points within a given region...
  • Choropleth Maps With Node.js And D3 - Part 2
    In Part 1, we drew a map of Syria using D3. The next step is to shade each city in the country based on its relative level of violence and create a choropleth visualization. We'll retrieve our data from the CrisisNET API using Node.js, and do some simple data formatting to package that information so it's easy to work with in D3.
  • The Making Of “History of Rock in 100 Songs”
    Developer Susie Lu explains the challenges behind this fun visual exploration. Rock is one of the most popular music genre’s today but where did it begin? The following data visualization shows one facet of this complicated answer...Visualized with Gephi and D3.js
  • Using Basic And Tween Transitions In D3.js
    Last week I got a Tweet...asking, if I may want to explain how the tween function in d3.js works, because it is used several times...And here we are – let us dive into basic and tween transitions in d3.

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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