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Daily Inspiration: Edward Tufte on the ‘Complication of the Simple’

"What is to be sought in designs for the display of information is the clear portrayal of complexity. Not the complication of the simple; rather the task of the designer is to give visual access to the subtle and the difficult – that is, revelation of the complex."

Edward Tufte is an American statistician and computer scientist famous for revolutionizing infographics and data representations. If you’ve ever seen a nicely designed, well-spaced infographic then chances are Tufte created the theory and rationalization of new ways to see facts, figures, and dot points. His quote above is something we can apply to more than just re-vamping Powerpoint presentations, we can bring these ideas into our own artistic pursuits, everyday.

"Agnes Obel" by elia, illustration