2. Finding a Data-Driven Story and Telling It Visually

How do you find a data-driven story and how do you design graphics that will tell that story well? This chapter focuses on those two questions. It does so by introducing an example story idea, describing how to find relevant data, and then discussing possible ways to visualize that data. The example will extend well beyond this chapter. In fact, the rest of the book will explain how to build one of those visualizations using D3.

Getting Started

So you want to make a data visualization. Great! But where do you begin? How do you find a story, rich in data, to tell in graphics?

Typically, your data-driven story will have one of two beginnings: It’ll start with either a dataset or a question. ...

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