Learner-Shaped Technology

December 28, 2006

Information Aesthetics

Filed under: data visualization,general,science — Mike W @ 7:18 am

After complaining this summer about the limitations of PowerPoint as an information-sharing medium this summer, Dr. Jane Love at Furman pointed me towards Edward Tufte’s essay The Cognitive Style of PowerPoint. Great stuff! I was really struck by the chasm between what our brains and eyes want to see and what a PowerPoint presentation gives us instead. One of my New Year’s resolutions is to read his book The Visual Display of Quantative Information and get one of Tufte’s posters like the one graphically displaying Napolean’s march.

Shortly after reading Tufte for the first time I added the Information Aesthetics Blog to my reader. I enjoy the blogs but confess I usually have to go to the source to understand the data being represented. Below is a nice link from infosthetics to a Google video comparing stellar and planetary sizes. Although one missing planet begs a question that would leave my kids unable to contain silly laughter. That’s where their sense of humor is right now.

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