The Ladder of Abstraction
does an amazing, Tuftian job of illustrating the convergence of science, engineering, and intuition that is involved in tackling the difficult problems of today's systems and software. [more inside]
, patron saint of information visualization, is auctioning off his sizeable library of rare books, including major works in the history of science and statistical graphics. Christies auction catalogue is available for your perusal
. First edition Isaac Newton, anyone?
Oh hai here's a flow chart
showing the creative/organizational process of a (Walt) Disney film. Stay away from the morgue.
, who you may remember
was the developer of geographic news attention index buzztracker.org
, has developed a new interface to the 2008 election: Everymoment Now
. [more inside]
- Information Software and the Graphical Interface
bought an ad (for his wonderful new book
) on the front page of NYTimes.com, which ran for 24 hours on 26th November. Imagine how pleased he was when Steve Jobs used that day's paper
to demo the iPhone.
A Bright, Shiny Service: Sparklines
A web service implementation of Edward Tufte’s sparklines idea
, in Python
A chapter from Edward Tufte's upcoming book is online. [link contains roughly 2.2 MB of scanned images]
Tufte, discussed here previously
and author of what could be called the Strunk and White
for scientists, statisticians, producers and consumers of visual information
, takes a stab at a few issues right up the average MeFite's alley: the 9/11 commission
report, fraudulent medical studies
, and the rather dubious quantitative work
of this unfortunate economist/art historian
. For the ShillFilter suspicious, check out some of the great threads that haunt his site
The Gettysburg Powerpoint Presentation
The best illustration ever of why friends don't let friends use Powerpoint
. Some blame a decline in oratory and rhetoric on the television. I blame the temptation to lean on decorative visual crutches.