The D3 Purpose
This open source platform provides you with different sets of abilities for customising geometrical elements. This functionality can range from adding CSS properties, to HTML attributes – you can also append D3 functionality to alter the way those elements present themselves.
How D3 Works
Take the example of the Sunburst (a bit like a glorified pie chart). Where a normal pie chart just gives you one layer of data, a Sunburst can provide multiple levels of data, which lets you extrapolate more information, or go as granular, or as high level as you want.
Imagine you’re in coffee shop, such as the amazing Allsaints Leatherhead (our favourite coffee shop, by the way), having a look at the menu. At the highest level, you have a basic choice, between coffee, tea, fruit juice, etc. But then within the subsection of coffee, you have more choices: do you go with a flat white, your usual cappuccino, or a latte? And then, you can go even more granular than that, such as having a double shot, if so inclined.
So you see, a Sunburst offers the same, expanded possibilities when it comes to data and options for presentation. This kind of visualisation transitions easily and instantly between large data sets, to more singular points of focus. So it’s nice and flexible.
What’s especially interesting is the dynamic community of users that can share and show off their creativity using this platform – go and have a look!