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A GRAPHIC IS WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS

How could I be anything but thrilled last week when I read that Obama had appointed design guru Edward Tufte to a panel that will help explain where our stimulus money is being spent. As a long-time designer of financial graphics myself, I think it’s a giant step for anyone, let alone an administration, to recognize the importance of great design. I’ve spent years convincing writers and editors that graphics are not merely decorative additions to their stories. Graphics go hand-in-hand with a story to communicate its message. Often graphics can communicate what words can’t. After attending a Tufte seminar some years back, I quickly developed a departmental mission for my design team at a financial publishing company: help the editors tell their stories. Bravo, Obama administration.  Fast Company

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