Quotes

For what they show us is what we see.

What we find is what we see.

What we see is what we see.

And what we see may not contain the answer.

Edward Tufte

How does what I see come to be seen by me?

Edward Tufte

Numbers on the screen are representations of the real world.

Look at the real world, not just representations. Walk around what you want to learn about.

Edward Tufte

The distribution of excellence is fiercely lognormal, skewed, long-tailed.

Edward Tufte

Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell.

Edward Abbey

I don't know who discovered water but it wasn't a fish.

Marshall McLuhan

You can't be a futurist without being a historian.

Josh Clark

Most principles of design should be greeted with some skepticism, for word authority can dominate our vision, and we may come to see only through the lenses of word authority rather than with our own eyes.

Edward Tufte

Everyone spoke of an information overload, but what there was in fact was a non-information overload.

Richard Saul Wurman

He that will not reason is a bigot. He that cannot reason is a fool. He that dare not reason is a slave.

H. Drummond

Only rarely does some exceptional even lead people to recognise their intellectual self-image in such a way as to open up new perspectives on what is learnable.

Seymour Papert

Society has many ways to resist fundamental and threatening change. Thus, this book [Mindstorms] is about facing choices that are ultimately political.

Seymour Papert

Therefore, let me argue that the actual dawn of user interface design first happened when computer designers finally noticed, not just that end users had functioning minds, but that a better understanding of how those minds worked would completely shift the paradigm of interaction.

Alan Kay