1. Visual Storytelling and D3
This first chapter serves as a very basic primer on data visualization, a survey of how to harness its power to tell strong visual stories, and a brief introduction to D3. It describes the qualities that make charts so uniquely good at conveying quantitative information. It includes a discussion of good visualization design. Finally, it introduces D3: what it does, what it does well, what you shouldn’t use it for, and the tools that you’ll need to get started.
I could kick this introduction off with a paragraph or two describing how, in a world increasingly flush with data, data visualization is growing ever more popular. I could cite some relevant stats, such as the fact that a free online ...