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January 24, 2008 - 4 comments

Edward Tufte on the iPhone

Still from iPhone Resolution by Edward Tufte

From Ask E.T.:

The iPhone platform elegantly solves the design problem of small screens by greatly intensifying the information resolution of each displayed page. Small screens, as on traditional cell phones, show very little information per screen, which in turn leads to deep hierarchies of stacked-up thin information—too often leaving users with "Where am I?" puzzles. Better to have users looking over material adjacent in space rather than stacked in time.

To do so requires increasing the information resolution of the screen by the hardware (higher resolution screens) and by screen design (eliminating screen-hogging computer administrative debris, and distributing information adjacent in space).

This video shows some of the resolution-enhancing methods of the iPhone, along with a few places for improvements in resolution.

Read the rest of Tufte's thought's and view the video here.

Thanks for sending this to us, Aline!

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April 20, 2007 - Comments Off on Edward Tufte in New York

Edward Tufte in New York

Edward TufteEdward Tufte will be in New York April 24–26—none of these one-day courses are sold out yet. Register here.

The fee for the one-day course is $380 per person. This fee includes all four books, Visual Explanations, Envisioning Information, The Visual Display of Quantitative Information, and Beautiful Evidence. The fee for full-time students not currently employed is $200; provide a copy of the current student ID and phone number of school registrar. There are no other discounts.

Tufte writes, designs, and self-publishes his books on analytical design, which have received more than 40 awards for content and design. He is Professor Emeritus at Yale University, where he taught courses in statistical evidence, information design, and interface design. His current work includes landscape sculpture, printmaking, video and a new book.

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