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Tufte!

Cool! I've always wanted to take one of Edward Tufte's courses, and at long last I have signed up for one. Next month I'll get to listen to him talk about information design. And I'll get a copy of his new book. (And coincidentally copies of his older books as well. My copy of The Visual Display of Quantitative Information has been AWOL for about a decade.)

This is me being nerdy about the other aspect of my profession. There is the implementation of the software, but there is also the design of its user interface.
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Oh, I'm jealous! He is so cool. I love his piece about the evils of Power Point.
Oh, god, yes. I circulated that one around the office when it came out. There was much hilarity.
How fascinating. I read the intro to the book you linked to. I had no idea about this, haven't come across it in my eclectic reading. Must find out more. I want to see the analysis of the various examples in the book. Love that sort of stuff.
Tufte is great. He's a huge name in information design, and wonderfully opinionated. He self-publishes his books because he's maniacal about the typography.

After reading him, you'll look at charts and graphs in magazines & newspapers with a new perspective. They'll make you grumpy, and you'll mutter "chartjunk" under your breath a lot.