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Wednesday, August 13, 2003

PowerPoints as art


My new Wired Magazine arrived late last week via post with the names David Byrne and Edward Tufte on the cover. Inside I found a couple spreads from Byrne's newly-released book Envisioning Emotional Epistemological Information (E.E.E.I.) paired with an illustrated excerpt from Tufte's essay/pamphlet The Cognitive Style of PowerPoint. The Tufte piece gives you the gist of his $7 pamphlet, so if you've been meaning to order that, you might want to grab this issue of Wired from the library or newsstand first. In contrast to Tufte's somewhat dry dissection of PowerPoint's many information design horrors, the Byrne article describes the musician's exploratory exercises using the program as a tool for creating and delivering conceptual art (snippet shown above with the book and DVD). I'll likely add E.E.E.I. to my library to serve as an artful companion to my collection of Tufte.

Beth, who's been blogging up a storm of good ideas and resources lately, mentions E.E.E.I. too along with a very appropriate Dilbert cartoon.

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i used to work with a guy at catalyst who was on the original powerpoint development and he always ran around bragging about it, and would show all the new classes the keyboard shortcut to access the hidden credits with his name in it.

im pissed at how expensive that byrne dvd is.

Posted by: tim at Aug 19, 2003 2:47:47 PM