This all started from this map from GOOD magazine.
For the past year or so I have been dabbling with protovis . I don’t have a heavy CS background but protovis is supposedly easy to pick up for people like me, who are vaguely aware that computers can make calculations but who need to check the manual for the most mundane programming instructions. I found was while it’s reasonnably easy to modify the most basic examples to make stuff happen, it is much harder to understand or adapt the more complex ones, let alone to create a fairly complex visualization. The stumbling block for me was the use of the method data . Data is used to feed all the other protovis methods with, well, data. In the simplest examples, the data which is passed is very plain and simple and so easy to understand.
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 .
Dallas Neighborhood Comparison Tool I was asked to contribute to an online interactive piece for the Dallas Morning News that allowed readers to compare Dallas neighborhoods on a number of different metrics. This piece provides both scatter plot and interactive map, allowing the user to zoom in on one of over 500 neighborhoods in the metro area.
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When I meet with people and talk about our work, I get asked a lot what technology we use to create interactive and dynamic data visualizations. At Interactive Things, we have a set of preferred libraries, applications and services that we use regularly in our work. We will select the most fitting tool for the job depending on the requirements of the project. Sometimes a really simple tool is all you need to create something meaningful. On other occasions, a more multifaceted repertoire is needed. But how does one choose the right thing to use?
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