[thelist] is Tufte worth buying?

Luther, Ron ron.luther at hp.com
Mon Sep 13 14:51:20 CDT 2004

Joel D Canfield asked about Tufte ...

>>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?

Hi Joel,

I have (and really enjoyed) the 1st edition of Tufte's "The Visual Display 
of Quantitative Information":

I used to keep it in my desk as a reference back when I was doing a lot 
of statistical analysis and presentation work.

It's a good book and a fun book.

Is it going to help you vis-à-vis 'presentation of data via web tools'? 
I would guess not ... IIRC I think it may be more 'print' oriented in 
that (at least some of) the examples really depend on 'pixel precise' 
sizing and scaling. [I don't think the famous 'rail road time chart' 
would work very well in a collapsible "liquid" design.]

Again ... the ideas are sound ... but the translation to the web would 
be up to you.



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