“There are only two industries that refer to their customers as “users”.
— Edward Tufte (American statistician, information designer)
I finally had a chance to attend a Tufte conference (more of a “talk” really, a lecture with posters for sale) a few months back in Chicago. Great experience for anyone working in an increasingly data-driven world — not just us information/design/user-experience/technology professionals. I would’ve posted a review but was too immersed in his data visualization books during the weeks following… or something like that.
So I’ll leave it short and sweet: A good thinker. A talented presenter. A solid story-teller. Even for those who disagree with his principles, who poke fun at his stance on PowerPoint, check him out if the opportunity presents itself. Even if his views differ from your own, it’s a great way to get some perspective on presenting information and visualizing data. Think better.