Sunday, June 27, 2004

Edward Tufte

It's funny, I sat down to blog... and then I noticed that I didn't really know what I was going to blog about. I decided to look through on of the class handouts, and I stumbled upon the "Major Players in the Field". For whatever reason, I decided that Edward Tufte would be the major player that I would learn about. I went to his official site, and what I found was suprising. The tabs on the web site started off pretty standard looking... home, books, courses... later I found fine art and sculpture listed. I coudn't believe it... *prints* of this man's work were selling for $200 each. Japanese Weather Map and Music Score with Dance Notation were among the titles listed. It was becoming clear to me that this man is quite the celebrety. I looked through the colleection of books, and they sounded fascinating... then I saw a tab on the web page titled "courses" so I clicked on it. Turns out Mr. Tufte teaches classes (and they're half price for students). I'm really thinking about going. On top of having a chance to learn from such an icon, it'd be really nice to get out of town for something actually cool.

3 Comments:

Blogger Ashton Peters said...

Hey stefanie, I checked out Edward's site too - It's very interesting and the courses sound really cool. If only the New York ones were a little later!! I'd be interested in taking one of his courses also. I'm not sure when and where, but it's an intriguing idea!

June 28, 2004 at 1:41 PM  
Blogger Jon said...

I've taken the course with Tufte, and it's well worth the trip and the money. You get essentially a brain-drop from Tufte in the course of the day, and it's very intense. He doesn't even stop for lunch :)

You also get all three of his books, which is a nice way to get back some of the costs. I have them upstairs if you want to flip through them at any point.

One of the biggest recent events with Tufte has been his argument that Powerpoint is awful. Take a read and tell us what you think .. here's what Andrei thinks about what Norman thinks.

June 28, 2004 at 4:58 PM  
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