Customer Review

199 of 219 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great guide for what to do with high-resolution display devices, June 28, 2006
Verified Purchase(What's this?)
This review is from: Beautiful Evidence (Hardcover)
Out of all of the great ideas that are in this book, I am going to concentrate on the ones that relate to "what can be done with high-resolution display devices," such as 1200 dpi printers. An increasing amount of contemporary design is done for low-resolution displays, such as television and computer monitors. If we get a 1200 dpi version of one of these designs, as is easily possible with an inexpensive laser printer, we are not getting much benefit from that increased resolution. A lot of the ideas in Beautiful Evidence can be used today with Web scripts that generate PDF files to be printed. The rest of the ideas will be waiting for designers 20 years from now when computer monitors finally catch up to paper.

dea 1: Sparklines (there are examples on the author's Web site). Tufte points out that nothing stops the modern printer from including small graphs right in-line with text or tables and that these graphs make comparisons much easier. Baseball fans will enjoy Tufte's depiction of a baseball season, first for one team and then for all teams. Tufte argues convincingly that showing history in a "sparkline" reduces "recency bias, the persistent and widespread over-weighting of recent events in making decisions."

Idea 2: Forcing people to write English sentences instead of PowerPoint bullets results in a lot more clarity, especially with respect to causality.

Idea 3: If you're running a business, figure out how to pack a huge amount of information, including sparklines, onto a single 11×17″ sheet of paper and print it out on a laserprinter, then give it to decision makers. With that one sheet of paper, they will have as much information as 15 computer screenfuls or 300 PowerPoint slides.

A thought-provoking book that will reward repeat scrutiny.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No

[Add comment]
Post a comment
To insert a product link use the format: [[ASIN:ASIN product-title]] (What's this?)
Amazon will display this name with all your submissions, including reviews and discussion posts. (Learn more)
Name:
Badge:
This badge will be assigned to you and will appear along with your name.
There was an error. Please try again.
Please see the full guidelines here.

Official Comment

As a representative of this product you can post one Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
The following name and badge will be shown with this comment:
 (edit name)
After clicking the Post button you will be asked to create your public name, which will be shown with all your contributions.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.  Learn more
Otherwise, you can still post a regular comment on this review.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
 
System timed out

We were unable to verify whether you represent the product. Please try again later, or retry now. Otherwise you can post a regular comment.

Since you previously posted an Official Comment, this comment will appear in the comment section below. You also have the option to edit your Official Comment.   Learn more
The maximum number of Official Comments have been posted. This comment will appear in the comment section below.   Learn more
Prompts for sign-in
 

Comments


Sort: Oldest first | Newest first
Showing 1-2 of 2 posts in this discussion
Initial post: Feb 13, 2007 9:29:41 PM PST
Nikky says:
I'd like to comment on all your rewiews:
they ARE heplful, very interesting to read,
and I suspect: you ARE a gifted writer.
Thanks ! Olga Nikky.

Posted on May 14, 2009 7:18:12 AM PDT
Matt says:
Most (or at least many) of the illustrations created on the computer are resolution independent - that is, their original formats are often vector-based and can scale infinitely. Therefore, having a 72 ppi (or 100 or whatever) resolution output device isn't really a problem; you can simply zoom in, something you can't do on a hi resolution printout without a magnifying glass. So although there's obviously much room for improvement, I'm not sure there is a lot to be gained by having a 1200 ppi LCD screen...law of diminishing returns and there's simply a different interaction model with computer screens.
‹ Previous 1 Next ›

Review Details

Item

3.8 out of 5 stars (59 customer reviews)
5 star:
 (30)
4 star:
 (6)
3 star:
 (10)
2 star:
 (8)
1 star:
 (5)
 
 
 
$52.00 $38.65
Add to cart Add to wishlist
Reviewer


Location: Cambridge, MA USA

Top Reviewer Ranking: 16,523