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December 08, 2006

Data Design

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I took a day off from work yesterday to attend a conference featuring Edward Tufte. He writes, designs and self-publishes books on analytical design, which have received more than 40 awards for content and design. Yesterday he spoke on “Presenting Data and Information.” Sounds a bit dry, right? But it’s actually fascinating to web geeks like myself. Anyone who has to share information with customers, co-workers, managers – anyone really – should consider checking out his books. And, if you have the chance, try and catch a lecture. Warning, he’s a wee bit, full of himself. At the end of the conference, the music started up  (perfectly cued), and he took a bow – for a second I felt like I was at a music concert. Nevertheless, what he has to teach is pretty powerful, so I had to agree that the clapping was well-deserved.