Last week I went to see Tufte with some friends. Afterwards, one friend made a candle with his image on it to light in times of information murkiness. Another friend invited the web community to rate Tufte and Jakob Nielsen’s comparative hotness.
I merely assembled these quotes:
“Only two industries refer to their customers are ‘users'”
(yes, drug dealers and software/web developers)
“The average download of a website is longer than the average visit to most corporate websites”
“The point of information design is to assist thinking.” Good information design is “clear thinking made visible”
“Bad design is stupidity made visible. Chart junk is very often a sign of statistical stupidity”
“This is where God wants footnotes, on the side” (referring to sidenotes in his books.)