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Edward Tufte: Courses
"Edward Tufte's one-day course on "Presenting Data and Information" is the best value-for-money that you can spend if you are involved in any way in presentation of information to users. When I receive this new schedule of these courses each year I get to thinking whom do I know whose career might change for the better if they take this course. I've taken it twice (the content is always up to date with the latest examples of both good and bad information design). Every attendee gets copies of Tufte's four major works on visual display of information. Tufte offers a group discount so your company can send a whole department or product team. And there's a steep discount for full-time students, faculty members, and postdocs.
training  design  classes  Edward_Tufte  presentations  data  infographics  visualization 
january 2017 by jerryking
What Data Can’t Do -
Published: February 18, 2013

there are many things big data does poorly. Let’s note a few in rapid-fire fashion:

* Data struggles with the social. Your brain is pretty bad at math (quick, what’s the square root of 437), but it’s excellent at social cognition. People are really good at mirroring each other’s emotional states, at detecting uncooperative behavior and at assigning value to things through emotion.
* Data struggles with context. Human decisions are embedded in contexts. The human brain has evolved to account for this reality...Data analysis is pretty bad at narrative and emergent thinking.
* Data creates bigger haystacks. This is a point Nassim Taleb, the author of “Antifragile,” has made. As we acquire more data, we have the ability to find many, many more statistically significant correlations. Most of these correlations are spurious and deceive us when we’re trying to understand a situation.
* Big data has trouble with big (e.g. societal) problems.
* Data favors memes over masterpieces. Data analysis can detect when large numbers of people take an instant liking to some cultural product. But many important (and profitable) products are hated initially because they are unfamiliar. [The unfamiliar has to accomplish behavioural change / bridge cultural divides]
* Data obscures hidden/implicit value judgements. I recently saw an academic book with the excellent title, “ ‘Raw Data’ Is an Oxymoron.” One of the points was that data is never raw; it’s always structured according to somebody’s predispositions and values. The end result looks disinterested, but, in reality, there are value choices all the way through, from construction to interpretation.

This is not to argue that big data isn’t a great tool. It’s just that, like any tool, it’s good at some things and not at others. As the Yale professor Edward Tufte has said, “The world is much more interesting than any one discipline.”
massive_data_sets  David_Brooks  data_driven  decision_making  data  Nassim_Taleb  contrarians  skepticism  new_graduates  contextual  risks  social_cognition  self-deception  correlations  value_judgements  haystacks  narratives  memes  unfamiliarity  naivete  hidden  Edward_Tufte  emotions  antifragility  behavioral_change  new_products  cultural_products  masterpieces  EQ  emotional_intelligence 
february 2013 by jerryking
Link by Link - Advising Recovery Board on Offering Clear Data -
March 21, 2010 | New York Times | By NOAM COHEN. It was just
announced that Mr. Tufte (pronounced tuff-TEE) would be going to
Washington. Though often cast as a free-floating information guru, Mr.
Tufte has a highly specific mission: on March 5, he was appointed by
President Obama to a panel to advise the Recovery Accountability and
Transparency Board, which monitors the way the $787 billion in the
stimulus package is being spent....Rather than define himself on the
conservative-liberal political continuum, Mr. Tufte, a professor
emeritus of political science, statistics and computer science at Yale,
said that he longed for cause-and-effect reasoning to take hold in
Edward_Tufte  profile  design  websites  infographics  visualization 
march 2010 by jerryking
Designing a Better Presidential Daily Brief
May 4, 2004| Wall Street Journal pg. B.1| by Jessica Mintz.
"Graphic designers who specialize in written communications have been
trying to get the point that documents should be easy to scan to find
the main point. "Information architects," as they are also known, say
far too many e-mails, memos and presentations make the same design
mistake the original PDB did, burying the point behind...a "giant wall
of text." Instead, documents should highlight key data using clear
titles and subtitles; large, readable fonts; bullet points and shorter
paragraphs more conducive to skimming."
design  POTUS  Communicating_&_Connecting  PDB  Edward_Tufte  visualization  information  briefing  memoranda 
september 2009 by jerryking
Visualizing the Economic Stimulus
Feb 13, 2009 at 11:49 AM |Fast Company| by Cliff Kuang

Manuel Lima, the founder of the information graphics website, Visual Complexity,
visualization  design  information  Edward_Tufte  Cliff_Kuang  graphics 
april 2009 by jerryking

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