Edward Tufte and information design

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Who is Edward Tufte, and what is information design?

Edward Tufte, a professor emeritus at Yale

What is important about Edward Tufte and information design?

Based on the principle that graphic displays exist to help thinking, so they should be designed to address the thinking task (comparison, causality) and aid, not impede, that task.

Where can I learn more about Edward Tufte and information design?

Nice 2004 overview (3 pp.) and interview (13 pp.) from Technical Communication Quarterly

Illustrated notes from a one-day Tufte seminar

Websites

Edward Tufte’s website (There are interesting discussions on the “Ask ET” forum page)
Information design references from the Society for Technical Communication
More references on information design

Books

The Visual Display of Quantitative Information, Edward R. Tufte, 2nd edition 2001, Graphics Press, Cheshire, CT (“pictures of numbers”)

Envisioning Information, Edward R. Tufte, 1990, Graphics Press, Cheshire, CT (“pictures of nouns”)

Visual Explanations, Edward R. Tufte, 1997, Graphics Press, Cheshire, CT (“pictures of verbs”)