Edward Tufte on Why PowerPoint Charts Don’t Have to Suck

‘What is to be sought in designs for the display of information is the clear portrayal of complexity. Not the complication of the simple’ – Edward Tufte

It turns out that the dissatisfaction we experience looking at one PowerPoint chart after another is because they’re invariably bad. Occasionally we see something good – a clean, simple graphic that lets the data speak for itself. Edward Tufte wrote The Visual Display of Quantitative Information to explain why and show us how.

The book itself is a work of art; hard cover, beautifully typeset, and full of examples that illustrate and inspire.  This summary is no substitute for the real thing.  Get the book.  Also, this post won’t make a lot of sense without having read the book first.