D3.JS Key Concepts Workshop

D3 has become the standard tool for creating custom, interactive, animated visualizations for the web. This open-source Javascript library has a very active community, is in constant development, and is very easy to learn for those well-versed in Javascript, HTML, CSS, and SVG or Canvas.

In this workshop, participants will be introduced to the most critical key concepts in D3 that, once learned, will allow them to continue their learning journey well-versed in the most commonly used core features, making it easier to pick up further knowledge at their own pace.

We will do this by building an animated, interactive scatter plot during the first half of the day. This step by step process will result in a fully functional data visualization that requires learning multiple key skills in D3 that will be translatable for future projects.

 

Learn

  • The basics about SVG elements
  • Creating data-driven graphics
  • Using D3’s built-in scales
  • Using D3’s built-in axes
  • Adding animation
  • Adding interactivity
  • Creating maps in D3
  • Creating circular graphics (like pie and donut charts) in D3
  • Creating force-directed graphs in D3

Who’s It For

  • People who know some Javascript (experts don’t need this course, total noobs may struggle to follow along, but if you know even just a tiny bit, this course will work for you)
  • People who want to know how to create custom, animated, interactive visualizations for the web
Heather Huerta – CALPERs

We invited Bill to come share his expertise with 24 members of public affairs and stakeholder relations teams. Bill customized a dynamic workshop specific to our needs. Bill provided a format that was engaging, educational, and inspirational. Our team is excited to put to practice his methodology and tools including his memorable acronyms for distilling messages!

Heather Huerta
California Public Employees' Retirement System
Joe Procopio – International Monetary Fund

Bill Shander’s workshop was perhaps the most highly praised workshop our department’s staff training committee organized this year. Bill was happy to work closely with us before the workshop to help tailor its contents to make it more relevant for our organization’s communications objectives and staff’s current skill level. Everyone left the day energized and more confident in their ability to tackle future data visualization projects.

Joe Procopio
International Monetary Fund
Jenny Rone – US Department of Agriculture

Bill’s class inspired my staff. For example, he effectively led a critique of some draft visualizations, provided pointers, and walked the staff through a ‘before and after’ demo. That “real life” activity, in particular, has helped challenge the staff’s creative thinking and transformed their process and deliverables. It was tons of fun!

Jenny Rone
US Department of Agriculture
Rachel Richter – Dun & Bradstreet

As an Analytics & Insights team at a B2B company, we are in the depths of data and analysis all of the time and can become disconnected from the needs and preferences of our audience. Bill really helped us think about how to tell a compelling story and visualize data & insights in an engaging way. He worked through specific materials with us and gave us tips & tricks that will help bring our work to a new level.

Rachel Richter
Dun & Bradstreet
Erin Souza – Charles River Associates

Bill Shander’s data visualization workshops have been well received across all roles and levels at our firm. Bill is clearly an expert on the topic and he is also a talented facilitator! His creativity and flexibility in the classroom bode well for true problem solving.

Erin Souza
Charles River Associates
Susan Justus – Betterment

Bill is an engaging facilitator and very knowledgeable on the topic of Data Visualization. He has a unique way of mixing the lecture with activities to make for an impactful and hands-on learning experience. He also challenged us to think outside the box by providing helpful frameworks that are tangible and easy to apply immediately.

Susan Justus
Betterment
Gretchen Hall – Strategy + Business Magazine

Bill started with a highly entertaining and informative history lesson on data visualization and then took our team through several exercises designed to give us the tools to think about our data and our content more interactively. It was an extremely successful session for us all.

Gretchen Hall
Strategy + Business Magazine

Research-Driven Best Practices

These workshops aren’t made up of just Bill’s opinions on design and visualization. They’re backed up by decades of academic research by the top minds in the field.