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By Anonym 13 Sep

Edward Tufte

Clutter is not a property of information. Clutter is a failure of design.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Edward Tufte

I do believe that there are some universal cognitive tasks that are deep and profound - indeed, so deep and profound that it is worthwhile to understand them in order to design our displays in accord with those tasks.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Edward Tufte

If your words or images are not on point, making them dance in color won't make them relevant.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Edward Tufte

Here's the general theory: To clarify, add detail. Imagine that. To clarify, add detail. And clutter and overload are not an attribute of information, they are failures of design. If the information is in chaos, don't start throwing out information, instead fix the design.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Edward Tufte

If you like overheads, you'll love PowerPoint.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Edward Tufte

Great design is not democratic; it comes from great designers. If the standard is lousy, then develop another standard.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Edward Tufte

The most common user action on a Web site is to flee.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Edward Tufte

The leading edge in evidence presentation is in science; the leading edge in beauty is in high art.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Edward Tufte

What is to be sought in designs for the display of information is the clear portrayal of complexity. Not the complication of the simple; rather the task of the designer is to give visual access to the subtle and the difficult - that is, revelation of the complex.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Edward Tufte

Clutter is not an attribute of information, clutter is a failure of design...fix the design rather than stripping all the detail out of the map.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Edward Tufte

I think it is important for software to avoiding imposing a cognitive style on workers and their work.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Edward Tufte

Science and art have in common intense seeing, the wide-eyed observing that generates empirical information.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Edward Tufte

Audience boredom is usually a content failure, not a decoration failure.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Edward Tufte

Allowing artist-illustrators to control the design and content of statistical graphics is almost like allowing typographers to control the content, style, and editing of prose.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Edward Tufte

I have stared long enough at the glowing flat rectangles of computer screens. Let us give more time for doing things in the real world...plant a plant, walk the dogs, read a real book, go to the opera.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Edward Tufte

It is not how much empty space there is, but rather how it is used. It is not how much information there is, but rather how effectively it is arranged.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Edward Tufte

A metaphor for good information design is a map. Hold any diagram against a map and see how it compares.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Edward Tufte

If the statistics are boring, you've got the wrong numbers.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Edward Tufte

A curious consequence is that I have become a minor celebrity.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Edward Tufte

There are only two industries that refer to their customers as 'users'.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Edward Tufte

Confusion and clutter are failures of design, not attributes of information. And so the point is to find design strategies that reveal detail and complexity - rather than to fault the data for an excess of complication. Or, worse, to fault viewers for a lack of understanding.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Edward Tufte

It is straightforward for me to be ethical, responsible, and kind-hearted because I have the resources to support that.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Edward Tufte

What this means is that we shouldn't abbreviate the truth but rather get a new method of presentation.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Edward Tufte

The goal is to provide analytical tools that will last students a lifetime

By Anonym 13 Sep

Edward Tufte

Beautiful Evidence is about the theory and practice of analytical design.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Edward Tufte

The idea is that the content is the interface, the information is the interface, not computer-administrative debris.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Edward Tufte

The speculative part of my work is that these particular cognitive tasks - ways of thinking analytically - are tied to nature's laws.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Edward Tufte

PowerPoint presentations too often resemble a school play - very loud, very slow, and very simple.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Edward Tufte

We've drifted into this presentation mode without realizing the cost to the content and the audience in the process.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Edward Tufte

My father worked for governments all his life as an engineer and public works director.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Edward Tufte

Graphical excellence is that which gives to the viewer the greatest number of ideas in the shortest time with the least ink in the smallest space.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Edward Tufte

I was writing a chapter of Beautiful Evidence on the subject of the sculptural pedestal, which led to my thinking about what's up on the pedestal - the great leader.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Edward Tufte

Make all visual distinctions as subtle as possible, but still clear and effective.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Edward Tufte

What gets left out is the narrative between the bullets, which would tell us who's going to do what and how we're going to achieve the generic goals on the list.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Edward Tufte

We shouldn’t abbreviate the truth but rather get a new method of presentation.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Edward Tufte

My idea here is that, inasmuch as certain cognitive tasks and principles are tied to nature's laws, these tasks and principles are indifferent to language, culture, gender, or the particular mode of information that is provided.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Edward Tufte

Only drug dealers and software companies call their customers 'users'

By Anonym 15 Sep

Edward Tufte

The world is complex, dynamic, multidimensiona l; the paper is static, flat. How are we to represent the rich visual world of experience and measurement on mere flatland?

By Anonym 13 Sep

Edward Tufte

I hope that I am generous and tolerant, but certainly on the intellectual side I think that there are discoverable truths, and some things that are closer approximations to the truth than others.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Edward Tufte

Good design is a lot like clear thinking made visual.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Edward Tufte

The point of the essay is to change things.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Edward Tufte

Simple design, intense content.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Edward Tufte

The commonality between science and art is in trying to see profoundly - to develop strategies of seeing and showing.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Edward Tufte

PowerPoint is like being trapped in the style of early Egyptian flatland cartoons rather than using the more effective tools of Renaissance visual representation.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Edward Tufte

The world is much more interesting than any one discipline.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Edward Tufte

There is no such thing as information overload, just bad design. If something is cluttered and/or confusing, fix your design.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Edward Tufte

That is to say, nature's laws are causal; they reveal themselves by comparison and difference, and they operate at every multivariate space, time point.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Edward Tufte

There are many true statements about complex topics that are too long to fit on a PowerPoint slide.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Edward Tufte

If the statistics are boring, then you've got the wrong numbers.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Edward Tufte

Clutter and confusion are failures of design, not attributes of information.