Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Presenting Data and Information course by Edward Tufte
Monday I went to a seminar on how to effectively present data by one of the masters of visual information, Edward Tufte, with more info here.
It was in the Doubletree Hotel, and I parked in the parking garage and decided to walk down the stairs instead of taking the elevator. This corridor is straight out of the movies.
I figured if something was going to go down, this was the place. Luckily (for them), nothing happened.
The seminar was in a conference room, and they had some surprisingly good coffee.
Here is another "review" of his seminars by someone else that went - some great details that I left out.
ET, as he is known online and to the community, is a great presenter, and I liked his style. Most of it was him talking with a little bit of some multimedia stuff. He's a Mac guy, but he doesn't come off as pretentious.
Patrons of the seminar received four of his books, which I heartily recommend. They are fantastic references as well as just plain great reading.
I also picked up a copy of his mother's book, Artful Sentences.
So why did I take this course? I have to present a lot of data, the lion's share of it is performance data, and my customers are engineering, marketing and sales. Whatever I can use to make what I show more effective (and have them come back to me less) is a win!