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D3.js 4.x Data Visualization - Third Edition

By : Aendrew Rininsland, Swizec Teller
Book Image

D3.js 4.x Data Visualization - Third Edition

By: Aendrew Rininsland, Swizec Teller

Overview of this book

Want to get started with impressive interactive visualizations and implement them in your daily tasks? This book offers the perfect solution-D3.js. It has emerged as the most popular tool for data visualization. This book will teach you how to implement the features of the latest version of D3 while writing JavaScript using the newest tools and technique You will start by setting up the D3 environment and making your first basic bar chart. You will then build stunning SVG and Canvas-based data visualizations while writing testable, extensible code,as accurate and informative as it is visually stimulating. Step-by-step examples walk you through creating, integrating, and debugging different types of visualization and will have you building basic visualizations (such as bar, line, and scatter graphs) in no time. By the end of this book, you will have mastered the techniques necessary to successfully visualize data and will be ready to use D3 to transform any data into an engaging and sophisticated visualization.
Table of Contents (18 chapters)
Title Page
About the Authors
About the Author2
About the Reviewer
Customer Feedback
Shape Primitives of D3

Chapter 5. Defining the User Experience - Animation and Interaction

Animation is like salt. A little bit goes a really long way and can really help to make a graphic more digestible while leading the viewer through the content; too much, and it's all anyone notices. Good User Experience (UX), the computer-use idioms you employ throughout your projects--is more like guacamole. If it's good, it's a nice subtle touch that improves the overall quality of your output and everyone's happy; if it's bad, it totally taints everything and ruins the whole burrito.

In this chapter, we'll discuss both animation and user interaction with an eye towards using both to improve the quality of your data visualizations. We'll also use D3's behaviors to make the map from the last chapter super awesome. Throughout, we'll discuss why or why not animation or interactivity should be used in a particular scenario.

The ability to creatively display data with D3 is one of the best reasons for using it; interaction and...