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Edward Tufte

Edward Tufte is an influential information designer. He is best known for his work on use, and misuse, of graphic design, first presented in his book The Visual Display of Quantitative Information. Tufte publicized the term "chart junk" to refer to irrelevant and distracting images included in charts and graphs. He has created his own small press (Graphics Press) to produce his books on graphics and design.

"Edward Tufte teaches statistics, graphic design, and political economy at Yale University. His books include The Visual Display of Quantitative Information, Political Control of the Economy, Data Analysis for Politics and Policy, and Size and Democracy (with Robert A. Dahl). He has prepared evidence for several jury trials, and has worked on information design and statistical matters for IBM, The New York Times, Newsweek, Hewlett-Packard, CBS, NBC, the Bureau of the Census, the Bureau of Justice Statistics, International Paper, and New Jersey Transit. He is a fellow of the American Statistical Association and has held fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the Center for Advanced Studies in Behavioral Sciences. He founded Graphics Press in 1983." (taken from the jacket of his book Envisioning Information)


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