46 Total Quotes

Edward Tufte Quotes

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.
Edward Tufte
#American Educator #Believe

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.
Edward Tufte
#American Educator

The commonality between science and art is in trying to see profoundly - to develop strategies of seeing and showing.
Edward Tufte
#American Educator #Art

The leading edge in evidence presentation is in science; the leading edge in beauty is in high art.
Edward Tufte
#American Educator #Art

The central claim of the book is that effective analytic designs entail turning thinking principles into seeing principles.
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#Principles

The know-your-audience philosophy can be a big step down the road to pandering to the audience.
Edward Tufte
#Philosophy

If you like overheads, you'll love PowerPoint.
Edward Tufte
#American Educator #Love

Second, simply use PowerPoint as a slide projector rather than an information tool.
Edward Tufte
#Information

There are many true statements about complex topics that are too long to fit on a PowerPoint slide.
Edward Tufte
#American Educator

It's not that PowerPoint brought the Columbia down, but the method of presentation broke up the argument into tiny fragments, and it's intensely hierarchical-no sentences, just little phrases.
Edward Tufte
#Argument

What this means is that we shouldn't abbreviate the truth but rather get a new method of presentation.
Edward Tufte
#Truth #American Educator

In emphasizing evidential quality and beauty, I also want to move the practices of analytical design far away from the practices of propaganda, marketing, graphic design, and commercial art.
Edward Tufte
#Beauty

I am certainly not an intellectual relativist, nor a moral relativist.
Edward Tufte
#American Educator

Rather, the point is to recognize the tightness between seeing and thinking on an intellectual level not just a metaphorical level.
Edward Tufte
#American Educator

At its heart, my work is about how to think clearly and deeply, using evidence, and all that has to pass through some presentation state.
Edward Tufte
#American Educator #Heart

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

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.
Edward Tufte
#American Educator

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.
Edward Tufte
#American Educator #Principles

Beautiful Evidence is about the theory and practice of analytical design.
Edward Tufte
#American Educator #Design

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

My father worked for governments all his life as an engineer and public works director.
Edward Tufte
#Life #American Educator