Friday morning, when I returned home from yoga, the library hand-delivered two more treats: Envisioning Information by Edward Tufte and Visualize This: The FlowingData Guide to Design, Visualization, and Statistics by Nathan Yau.
Hopefully both will offer a greater insight into design, especially information design, so I can teach my students that yes, you can still apply Garr Reynolds’ Presentation Zen theories and principles even to data and information. This reminds me of an incredible article by one of my favorites, Phil Waknell of Phil Presents. Waknell explains that there are 3 situations people argue Presentation Zen cannot apply: 1) a boring subject, 2) a technical presentation, and 3) a review of business results (Source). Waknell’s article is called “When you think Presentation Zen isn’t appropriate, that’s when you need it most” because even in the three scenarios above, especially in the three scenarios above, visual design as outlined by Garr Reynolds is essential.
Check back for reviews of both books soon!
What are you reading?