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Interactive Data Visualization for the Web, 2nd Edition by Scott Murray

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Appendix A. Case Studies

You made it to the end of the book! If you find yourself needing inspiration at any point along your D3 path, I hope you’ll explore this collection of interviews with well-established practitioners. Each one focused on a single project, presented here because it illustrates some novel or compelling use of D3. Taken together, these projects demonstrate a wide range of possibilities. The people behind them are brilliant, kind, curious, and fascinating.

“Close Votes”

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Figure A-1. The initial view of “Close Votes”

Scott: I love this project, both conceptually and aesthetically. The headline question leads viewers to explore the content through a personalized lens. You could have said “2012 Elections Results,” but instead you ask “Which cities vote like yours?” What triggered this personal project?

Jan Willem: I had the idea for this project when I was at a conference in Switzerland. Something the speaker mentioned gave me a primarily visual idea of showing election results. I don’t remember what the speaker was actually talking about, but at least it gave me an idea which I wrote down immediately, as a sketch.

But besides an idea for a visual representation, it was also just my personal interest to answer the question: “Which city votes like my city?” ...

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