March 9, 2010
So Pres. Obama has appointed Edward Tufte to the “Recovery Independent Advisory Panel”. If you don’t know who Edward Tufte is, he is probably the world’s biggest expert on the graphic display of information. And he despises presentations that obfuscate what’s really going on, so if the other people involved pay any attention to him this should be a very good thing.
(If you haven’t read any of Tufte’s books, I highly recommend them. In particular, if you ever find yourself making a PowerPoint presentation you should read his essay The Cognitive Style of PowerPoint.)