I make it a point to hear people speak, not because I can’t get the information elsewhere, but because hearing them speak it directly – rich with facial expressions, gestures, and vocal emphasis cements the information into my aging brain cells. With that personal goal in mind, Edward Tufte’s one day seminar was worth the $360 price.
Edward Tufte is famous for his beautifully crafted books. I’ve often used his name as an adjective to describe a diagram, model, figure, or visualization that uses multiple dimensions to more clearly communicate. When the visualization’s shape and form clearly communicate the authors intent, it’s Tufte-ish.