Visuals and Cognition – Edward Tufte


“Edward Tufte has written seven books, including Visual Explanations, Envisioning Information, The Visual Display of Quantitative Information, and Data Analysis for Politics and Policy. He writes, designs, and self-publishes his books on analytical design, which have received more than 40 awards for content and design. He is Professor Emeritus at Yale University, where he taught courses in statistical evidence, information design, and interface design.”

From the homepage of his website


Among the publications, these are most useful for an instructor:

Visual Explanations

Envisioning Information

The Visual Display of Quantitative Information

The Cognitive Style of PowerPoint





About  PowerPoint

and its cognitive problems

Provides excellent and extensive information and examples, a forum, and access to related publications, as well as information on his books.


The website also provides an excerpt from his work The Cognitive Style of PowerPoint, with an excerpt on the 1998 Challenger incident at this link:


For a brief article on PowerPoint by Tufte and its problems for cognition, see



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