Tufte books are okay, but I was much more impacted by going to one of his courses. And, you get all the books with the registration fee for the conference. You'd just have to convince your company to spring the course fee ($320 - though there is a lower student fee if you qualify). Regardless of whether the 10% are right (they aren't), I learned a ton from his course. It opened my eyes to the power of being smart about visual/information design. He's a great speaker too. http://www.edwardtufte.com/tufte/courses -drg On Saturday, September 11, 2004, at 07:06 AM, thelist-request at lists.evolt.org wrote: > I'm working on more and more complex web generated tables from various > data stores. My users are generally satisfied with the visual > presentation of the data, but I'd like to move from 'good enough' to > 'excellent.' > > The reviews of Tufte's books at Amazon.com seem to be 90% worship, 10% > cursing. Are the 90% blinded, or are the 10% just misguided? > > If the company would spring for the fifty bucks, is reading Tufte going > to help me hone my skills in visual presentation of data via web tools?