I made a reference to Edward Tufte early this week when I made up the word "Tuftesque." A few people asked what I meant. So, if you've never heard of Edward Tufte, listen up. If you've heard of him, but never seen him speak, listen up. If you have a complete clean desktop with no icons, listen up.
Information Design just isn't sufficiently covered in most computer science courses, otherwise the average programmer wouldn't suck so bad at PowerPoint and Excel. So, why not pony up and get a refresher. To give you an idea about what Tufte's about, here's a great thread on his Forums about how Gantt Charts suck.
His book "The Visual Display of Quantitative Information" made Amazon's "Best 100 books of the 20th century."
Edward Tufte has written seven books, including Visual Explanations, Envisioning Information, The Visual Display of Quantitative Information, and Data Analysis for Politics and Policy. He writes, designs, and self-publishes his books on information design, which have received more than 40 awards for content and design. He is Professor Emeritus at Yale University, where he taught courses in statistical evidence, information design, and interface design.
He'll be in Seattle on June 21st and 22nd, and in Portland on the 24th. Additional dates and cities are on his site.
It's only $320 for the one day course, AND you get ALL THREE BOOKS for the fee. Believe me, it will make you a better person and a better computer scientist. Get your boss to pay.
Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. I am a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.
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