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10+ Data Visualization Tutorials [jQuery and HTML/CSS]

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Data is everywhere and well-designed data graphics can be both beautiful and meaningful. Data visualization is the study of the visual representation of data, meaning “information that has been abstracted in some schematic form, including attributes or variables for the units of information”.

I especially like the description taken from the article, Data Visualization and Infographics, written by Vitaly Friedman:

The main goal of data visualization is its ability to visualize data, communicating information clearly and effectivelty. It doesn’t mean that data visualization needs to look boring to be functional or extremely sophisticated to look beautiful. To convey ideas effectively, both aesthetic form and functionality need to go hand in hand, providing insights into a rather sparse and complex data set by communicating its key-aspects in a more intuitive way.

Yet designers often tend to discard the balance between design and function, creating gorgeous data visualizations which fail to serve its main purpose — communicate information.

One of the best ways to get your message across is to use a visualization to quickly draw attention to the key messages, and by presenting data visually it’s also possible to uncover surprising patterns and observations that wouldn’t be apparent from looking at stats alone. Sometimes static numbers or a simple rundown of statistics can fall flat. That’s why people from data scientists to artists are using visuals to relay information.

Altho the blogosphere is literally scattered with loads of posts containing JavaScript libraries and tools for maps, charts and other data visualizations (e.g. Data-Driven Documents (D3), Highcharts, Google Charts, Raphaël, Flot, etc), I wanted to share some tutorials based on some of these libraries and tools. So .. let’s hit the road, Jack!

How To Create An Interactive Graph Using CSS3 & Jquery

In this tutorial we will code an Interactive Graph using jQuery and CSS3. We will use the jQuery’s popular plotting plugin “Flot”. Flot is a pure JavaScript plotting library for jQuery. It produces graphical plots of arbitrary datasets on-the-fly client-side. This plugin is simple but powerful enough to create some nice and interactive graphs.

Interactive Graph Using CSS3 & Jquery

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Make Pretty Charts For Your App With Jquery And xChart

Charts are a great visual aid when presenting data. You can’t build a professional admin panel without them. They are also tricky to set up. However, there is a new library that makes things easier – xCharts. Today, we are going to use it along with the daterange picker for Twitter Bootstrap, to build a pretty, AJAX-powered chart for your web application that fetches data from a MySQL table.

Make Pretty Charts For Your App With Jquery And Xchart

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Multiple Area Charts with D3.js

In this tutorial we will introduce some basics of D3.js and create an infographic with multiple area charts along with a context tool to zoom and pan the data. The D3.js website describes itself as “a JavaScript library for manipulating documents based on data.” It is but one of many in the ever growing list of visual data JavaScript libraries.

Multiple Area Charts with D3

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A Snazzy Animated Pie Chart with HTML5 and jQuery

In this tutorial I’m going to show you how to build a lovely, interactive pie chart using the latest HTML5 technologies. Not that long ago, this kind of thing was only practical to do with Flash. Now, thanks to advances such as the HTML5 canvas element, we can create pretty nifty animated effects using nothing but JavaScript, CSS, and a small sprinkling of maths!

Pie Chart with HTML5 and jQuery

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Animated Skills Diagram with Raphaël

In this tutorial we will show you how to create a diagram using Raphaël – a small JavaScript library that is great for working with vector graphics. The idea is very simple: we will draw some arcs using mathematical functions and we’ll be displaying a skill percentage in a main circle …

Animated Skills Diagram with Raphaël

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Very Easy jQuery Horizonal Bar Chart

This is how to setup your own jQuery bar chart in just a few easy steps. The demo is a horizonal bar chart but you can change the settings of the plugin to vertical, change speed and colors. This tutorial uses the jquery.charts.js plugin.

jQuery Horizonal Bar Chart

Note: Unfortunately the demo on this tutorial page does NOT work!

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Accessible Charts with HTML5 from Designing with Progressive Enhancement

The Visualize plugin parses key content elements in a well-structured HTML table, and leverages that native HTML5 canvas drawing ability to transform them into a chart or graph visualization.

The HTML5 canvas element provides an important breakthrough compared with those traditional methods: its native JavaScript drawing API allows us to dynamically draw bitmap images on the page, meaning we can use Canvas to generate charts and graphs based on data that’s already available in the HTML.

Accessible Charts with HTML5

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Google Charts, ASP.NET, jQuery, AJAX – Quick & Easy

What to do when there is a requirement in your application to make a graphical representation of some statistical data? Well, there are a lot of controls you can use, depending on your needs. In this post, I’ll show you how to quickly and easily introduce Google Charts to your ASP.NET application. Also, I’ll be using jQuery and AJAX for fetching data, although they are not necessary, of course.

Google charts

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How to Add Charts to your Web Pages

Graphs are a great way to present data on the web. Sometimes tables aren’t enough to visually interpret data and only a graph will do. Flot is a really useful tool to create graphs for the web either statically or on the fly. Flot is completely free to use, commercially or non-commercially, and there are plenty of different graphs and charts to choose from.

Flot to create graphs

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Create An Animated Bar Graph With HTML, CSS And jQuery

Technologies such as HTML5 can do many of the same things without the need for a plug-in. The new HTML5 <canvas> element could even be adapted to the task. There are pros and cons to the wide range of resources available to us, but this tutorial will not explore them all. Instead, we’ll create our graph using a progressively enhanced sprinkling of CSS3 and jQuery. Because we can.

Animated Bar Graph With HTML, CSS And jQuery

Note: This technique only works in Safari or Chrome (webkit).

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Pure CSS Bonus

Accessible Data Visualization with Web Standards

There are plenty of options out there for data visualization. All of these options are extremely useful when your data is front and center, when all you’re after is a chart. But what if we want to include data visualization as an integral part of the site, not just an isolated figure or an interactive chart?

All of these options are extremely useful when your data is front and center, when all you’re after is a chart. But what if we want to include data visualization as an integral part of the site, not just an isolated figure or an interactive chart?

Data Visualization with Web Standards

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CSS3 Graph Animation

Today I present a small experiment, using once again the CSS3 animations and properties. This time we will build to create a chart, for me this is just an experiment to test the CSS3, I do not think you can use in your projects but you can enhance your knowledge. I remember this animations are only visible in Firefox, Safari and Chrome.

CSS3 Graph Animation

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CSS3 Skill Bar Animation

A pretty simple tutorial where we will build the skill animation bar for your about page. As you can see just create a simple markup taking into account some things. We create an unordered list and we put our skills, add the <span> tag and assign the class expand, create an <em> tag and insert the description of our skills. I remember.

CSS3 Skill Bar Animation

Note: This animations are only visible in Firefox, Safari and Chrome.

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Animated 3D Bar Chart with CSS3

The initial challenge was to create a classic semi-transparent 3D box with 6 sides. The final challenge was to create a complete 3D bar chart which we will create in this tutorial on how to create an animated 3d bar chart using CSS only.

Animated 3D Bar Chart with CSS3

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Author: Jan Rajtoral

Jan Rajtoral AKA Gonzo the Great is the Founder of and Designer at gonzodesign, providing design services across the full spectrum of Brand Identity, Graphic Design, Print and Advertising Design & Website Design.

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