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Social Data Visualization with HTML5 and JavaScript by Simon Timms

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Getting excited about data

The truth is that data is interesting! It's amazingly interesting because it tells a story. The issue is that most of the time that story is hidden behind a raft of seemingly uninteresting numbers. It takes some skill to extract the key data and display it to people in a meaningful way. Humans are visual creatures and are more readily able to process images than tables of numbers.

The best data visualizations arise from a sense of passion in the subject of your visualization. Don't we all work better if the subject of our work is something in which we're really interested? Great visualizations don't just educate their viewers, they delight their users. They present data in a novel way that is still easily understood by ...

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