Richard St. John polled a group of very smart people on what it takes to be successful. He presents his findings around 8 keywords (4 min.)
A contest. Also, a great way to think through your elevator speech.
A 20-minute video that will surely trigger a much-needed debate in your classroom.
It is as necessary to effective business communication as computer literacy is to effective business practice.
The Virtual Literacy website is an e-learning tutorial on visualization for communication, engineering and business. You also want to explore the International Visual Literacy Association (IVLA) website.
You cannot afford not to use the Periodic Table of Visualization Methods and this accompanying resource that documents each of the methods from the Periodic Table.
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His field is almost sui generis, containing bits and pieces of art direction, data-crunching, economics, historical research, and plain old expository writing. It’s often labeled “information architecture,” or “analytic design.” Tufte himself describes it many ways, but one is drawn from a classic piece of science writing: “escaping Flatland,” or using paper’s two dimensions to convey several more.
Tufte’s obsessions and coinages: Content-light splashy graphics, or “chartjunk,” are bad. Little repeated graphics displaying variations, or “small multiples,” are good. Microsoft’s PowerPoint software is an all-conquering monster of crumminess, a threat to life as we know it. Most of all, if you are making a presentation, you can probably say everything you need to on a single folded sheet of eleven-by-seventeen copy paper, and you ought to.
The New York Times Magazine has an excellent profile of Edward Tufte.
UPDATE 7-5-07: The Stanford Magazine also has a profile that nicely supplements the NYT’s.
Related: Presentations and that creature called PowerPoint