Edward Tufte

Edward Tufte


Author Profession: US design and usability maven
Born: March 14, 1942
Age: 74 years old
Birth Sign: Pisces


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

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.

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.

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

The minimum we should hope for with any display technology is that it should do no harm.

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

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.

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

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.

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

If you like overheads, you'll love PowerPoint.

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

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

The point of the essay is to change things.

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

A practical part of my teaching is to provide demonstrative, hands-on experiences.

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

I am certainly not an intellectual relativist, nor a moral relativist.

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

The idea of trying to create things that last - forever knowledge - has guided my work for a long time now.

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