Edward Rolf Tufte (born in 1940) is a professor of statistics, graphic design, and political economy at Yale University and an expert in the presentation of informational graphics, such as infographics, charts and graphs.
He is a fellow of the American Statistical Association and has held fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the Center for Advanced Studies in Behavioral Sciences.
Dealing with information visualization Edward Tufte has one main idea: Show as much data as possible with as little ornamentation as possible. Let the data speak for itself. He lays out some design principles:
- Above all else, show the data
- Maximize the data-to-ink ratio
- Erase non-data-ink
- Erase redundant data-ink
- Revise and edit
- Tufte, E.R.: The Visual Display of Quantitative Information, Graphics Press, 1983
- Tufte, E.R.: Envisioning Information, Graphics Press, 1990
- Tufte, E.R.: Visual Explanations, Graphics Press, 1997
- Tufte, E.R.: Beautiful Evidence, Graphics Press, 2006