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Demo: Animated Transitions in D3

So d3.js is the most powerful tool for web-based data visualizations — yeah, yeah, tell me something I don’t know.  Well, D3’s transition features let you animate not just charts, but any property of any element on any web page.  In 20 minutes, we’ll live-code our way through several gratuitous and unintended, yet valuable uses of D3 transitions.

Scott Murray is a code artist who writes software to create data visualizations and other interactive phenomena. His work incorporates elements of interaction design, systems design, and generative art. Scott is an Assistant Professor of Design at the University of San Francisco, a contributor to Processing, and author of “Interactive Data Visualization for the Web: An Introduction to Designing with D3."

Demo: Teaching Data Vis

To be a successful data visualization designer requires being well versed in both data analysis and visual communication. I've had the opportunity to teach programmers about design, and designers about programming, and both groups have shaped how I think about this discipline.

Julie Steele is a Content Editor at O’Reilly Media. She is co-author of "Beautiful Visualization" and "Designing Data Visualizations", and teaches data metrics and visualization at the School for Visual Arts in New York City.

Demo: Intuition Still Matters: Using Tableau to Think with Your Data

In a world where data and analytics have become ubiquitous, human intuition still factors into the equation in a very real way. See how you can use Tableau to ask and answer questions as they come up, and allow your audience to do the same.

Ben Jones is the Sr. Product Manager of Tableau Public at Tableau Software. He has a background in mechanical engineering and business and blogs about data visualization at dataremixed.com. Ben is the author of “Communicating Data with Tableau: Designing, Developing and Delivering Data Visualizations”.

Demo: DIY Data: Simple Steps for Sensing your Surroundings

Collecting data about the world around us and turning that data into meaningful information is easier than ever. What used to require substantial expertise with sensor technology, data acquisition, embedded programming, and application development has been reduced to plug-and-play with industrial grade tools like Labview or simple tools like Arduino and Processing. Learn how to select the right sensors and tools for basic measurement projects.

Kipp Bradford is a biomedical engineer and was the Senior Design Engineer and Lecturer at the Brown University School of Engineering. He is the co-author of "Distributed Network Data" and is on the Technical Advisory Board of MAKE Magazine.

Demo: How Designers Use Data

Computer scientists and designers are trained to see visual presentations—and data—differently. Illustrator isn’t quite the same thing as D3, or Tableau; they each shape design in different ways. Most importantly, the entire process of putting data on the page is totally different. I’ll talk about our research on data designers, and talk about some ways that we might bridge the gaps between tools for designers, and tools for programmers.

Danyel Fisher is a researcher at Microsoft Research. He studies ways that users work with data, and builds new tools for interacting with data. He is interested in bringing academic researchers and industry practitioners to share problems—and solutions—with each other. Some of his recent work can be found at http://research.microsoft.com/~danyelf