I took a class taught by Edward Tufte!

Posted by kwabenantim on June 23, 2016

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Notes:

Information is the interface. (How does this relate to the theory that content is a stage for the act of communication?)

 Adjacent data (a flat surface with data laid out, the user can look anywhere to gather a range of information. Think about the spread of data on a map, or on persian and indian miniature paintings, or east asian scroll painting) versus stacked data ( a sequential arrangement that requires turning the page, advancing the slide, clicking into the next menu).

 The rate of information transfer in this meeting is asymptotically approaching zero!

 Question for Mr. Tufte based on two image presented in the class. The images were a topographical map of the swiss alps, and a stop action image of a goal scored by germany in the world cup.

-Do you think the preference for light coloration in maps is a psychological carry over from the lightening caused by atmospheric interference that happens when looking down on a landscape from a high elevation? Like looking down on the land from an airplane at height.

-This concept is reinforced by the use of ghosting of people in the stop action image. The earlier moments in time are represented in lighter color as through atmospheric interference.

-The distance in space or time between observer and observed is in direct relationship to the volume of atmosphere between the two. That volume of atmosphere is calculated as a static moment in situations of looking across a long distance. The volume of atmosphere is calculated as cumulative in situations of looking across time. There's something of einsteinian relativity in this - the areas of study where there is a convergence in the methods of measuring distance and time.