Visual and Statistical Thinking

Display architecture recapitulates quantitative thinking; design quality grows from intellectual quality.  Such dual principles – both for reasoning about statistical evidence and for the design of statistical graphics – include:

  1. documenting the sources and characteristics of the data
  2. insistently enforcing appropriate comparisons
  3. demonstrating mechanisms of cause and effect
  4. expressing those mechanisms quantitatively
  5. recognizing the inherently multivariate nature of analytic problems
  6. inspecting and evaluating alternative explanations

When consistent with the substance and in harmony with the content, information displays should be documentary, comparative, causal and explanatory, quantified, multivariate, exploratory, skeptical.

   ~ Edward Tufte, Visual and Statistical Thinking


Bauhaus design – China Beijing 798


Bubbles by Adolfo.por
Bubbles, a photo by Adolfo.por on Flickr.

Apple Credo

It’s in Apple’s DNA that technology alone is not enough.  We believe that it’s technology married with the humanities that yields us the results that makes our heart sing.  Nowhere is that more true than these post-PC devices.  Folks are rushing into this tablet market, and they’re looking at it as the next PC, in which the hardware and the software are done by different companies.  Our experience, and every bone in our body, says that is not the right approach.  These are post-PC devices that need to be even more intuitive and easier to use than a PC, and where the software and the hardware and the applications need to be intertwined in an even more seamless way than they are on a PC.  We think we have the right architecture not just in silicon, but in our organization, to build these kinds of products.

Steve Jobs, Walter Isaacson

Color Splash