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Edward Tufte Quotes

Edward Tufte Quote: “Only drug dealers and software companies call their customers ‘users’”
Edward Tufte Quote: “Simple design, intense content.”
Edward Tufte Quote: “Above all else show the data.”
Edward Tufte Quote: “Design cannot rescue failed content.”
Edward Tufte Quote: “If the statistics are boring, you’ve got the wrong numbers.”
Edward Tufte Quote: “Good design is a lot like clear thinking made visual.”
Edward Tufte Quote: “Graphical excellence is that which gives to the viewer the greatest number of ideas in the shortest time with the least ink in the smallest space.”
Edward Tufte Quote: “The world is generally multivariate.”
Edward Tufte Quote: “If you’re told what to look for, you can’t see anything else.”
Edward Tufte Quote: “Good design is clear thinking made visible, bad design is stupidity made visible.”
Edward Tufte Quote: “An open mind but not an empty head.”
Edward Tufte Quote: “In general, I think audiences are a lot smarter than people think. So, it’s not “know your audience”, it’s “respect your audience, and really know your content”.”
Edward Tufte Quote: “PowerPoint is like being trapped in the style of early Egyptian flatland cartoons rather than using the more effective tools of Renaissance visual representation.”
Edward Tufte Quote: “Confusion and clutter are failures of design, not attributes of information. And so the point is to find design strategies that reveal detail and complexity – rather than to fault the data for an excess of complication. Or, worse, to fault viewers for a lack of understanding.”
Edward Tufte Quote: “Clutter and confusion are failures of design, not attributes of information.”
Edward Tufte Quote: “Beautiful Evidence is about the theory and practice of analytical design.”
Edward Tufte Quote: “If you like overheads, you’ll love PowerPoint.”
Edward Tufte Quote: “Design isn’t crafting a beautiful, textured button with breathtaking animation. It’s figuring out if there’s a way to get rid of the button altogether.”
Edward Tufte Quote: “The essential test of design is how well it assists the understanding of the content, not how stylish it is.”
Edward Tufte Quote: “The minimum we should hope for with any display technology is that it should do no harm.”
Edward Tufte Quote: “A metaphor for good information design is a map. Hold any diagram against a map and see how it compares.”
Edward Tufte Quote: “I was writing a chapter of Beautiful Evidence on the subject of the sculptural pedestal, which led to my thinking about what’s up on the pedestal – the great leader.”
Edward Tufte Quote: “The leading edge in evidence presentation is in science; the leading edge in beauty is in high art.”
Edward Tufte Quote: “Science and art have in common intense seeing, the wide-eyed observing that generates empirical information.”
Edward Tufte Quote: “It is not how much empty space there is, but rather how it is used. It is not how much information there is, but rather how effectively it is arranged.”
Edward Tufte Quote: “Clutter is not a property of information. Clutter is a failure of design.”
Edward Tufte Quote: “The commonality between science and art is in trying to see profoundly – to develop strategies of seeing and showing.”
Edward Tufte Quote: “PowerPoint presentations too often resemble a school play – very loud, very slow, and very simple.”
Edward Tufte Quote: “The most common user action on a Web site is to flee.”
Edward Tufte Quote: “Make all visual distinctions as subtle as possible, but still clear and effective.”
Edward Tufte Quote: “The best graphics are about the useful and important, about life and death, about the universe. Beautiful graphics do not traffic with the trivial.”
Edward Tufte Quote: “If your words or images are not on point, making them dance in color won’t make them relevant.”
Edward Tufte Quote: “There are many true statements about complex topics that are too long to fit on a PowerPoint slide.”
Edward Tufte Quote: “Here’s the general theory: To clarify, add detail. Imagine that. To clarify, add detail. And clutter and overload are not an attribute of information, they are failures of design. If the information is in chaos, don’t start throwing out information, instead fix the design.”
Edward Tufte Quote: “Audience boredom is usually a content failure, not a decoration failure.”
Edward Tufte Quote: “Great design is not democratic; it comes from great designers. If the standard is lousy, then develop another standard.”
Edward Tufte Quote: “What this means is that we shouldn’t abbreviate the truth but rather get a new method of presentation.”
Edward Tufte Quote: “My father worked for governments all his life as an engineer and public works director.”
Edward Tufte Quote: “The idea is that the content is the interface, the information is the interface, not computer-administrative debris.”
Edward Tufte Quote: “The world is much more interesting than any one discipline.”
Edward Tufte Quote: “It is straightforward for me to be ethical, responsible, and kind-hearted because I have the resources to support that.”
Edward Tufte Quote: “That is to say, nature’s laws are causal; they reveal themselves by comparison and difference, and they operate at every multivariate space, time point.”
Edward Tufte Quote: “My idea here is that, inasmuch as certain cognitive tasks and principles are tied to nature’s laws, these tasks and principles are indifferent to language, culture, gender, or the particular mode of information that is provided.”
Edward Tufte Quote: “The goal is to provide analytical tools that will last students a lifetime.”
Edward Tufte Quote: “I think it is important for software to avoiding imposing a cognitive style on workers and their work.”
Edward Tufte Quote: “What is to be sought in designs for the display of information is the clear portrayal of complexity. Not the complication of the simple; rather the task of the designer is to give visual access to the subtle and the difficult – that is, revelation of the complex.”
Edward Tufte Quote: “What gets left out is the narrative between the bullets, which would tell us who’s going to do what and how we’re going to achieve the generic goals on the list.”
Edward Tufte Quote: “The idea of trying to create things that last-forever knowledge-has guided my work for a long time now.”
Edward Tufte Quote: “The point of the essay is to change things.”
Edward Tufte Quote: “A practical part of my teaching is to provide demonstrative, hands-on experiences.”
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