The Cognitive Style of PowerPoint…..2 views

The Cognitive Style of PowerPoint, by Edward Tufte

This 28-page booklet is a great place to start to learn about all the evils of bullet-driven PowerPoint presentations. Tufte describes several reasons why most PowerPoint presentations are terrible and then shows some examples, including a great send-up of the Gettysburg Address in PowerPoint. Reading this […]


The Visual Display of Quantitative Information

The Visual Display of Quantitative Information,by Edward Tufte

Starting with Dr. Denman’s and Mr. Swiss’ presentation on “Information and Misinformation” at TAM4, I have been hearing and reading a lot about Edward Tufte’s works on statistical evidence and information design. Having read a few Tufte-quoting books, it was time for the prime material. […]


Beyond Bullet Points

Beyond Bullet Points, by Cliff Atkinson

After reading Tufte’s booklet on the Cognitive Style of PowerPoint and Doumont’s rebuttal, I wanted to see what this pro-PowerPoint presentation style was about. So, with full knowledge that the title was from Microsoft Press, I took the bait. It was very interesting. The gist of the […]


Information Dashboard Design

Information Dashboard Design – The Effective Visual Communication of Data, by Stephen Few.

OK, this title included a lot of the information (verbatim) from Few’s Show Me the Numbers. It made sense to review it, given that he was again discussing effective visual communications. If you only want to read one of the […]


Show Me the Numbers

Show Me the Numbers – Designing Tables and Graphs to Enlighten, by Stephen Few.

I read this book based on a strong recommendation from Chip Denman during his presentation on “Information and Disinformation.” He recommended it during the Q & A session, in response to a question about what to read to learn […]