The da Vinci of data shows why the iPhone works

Edward Tufte, the Yale University statistician known to Business Week as “the the Galileo of graphics,” and to the New York Times as, “tbe da Vinci of data,” explains why the iPhone works so well. The secret lies in the “magnificent and intense” resolution of its screen, and its “brilliant suppression” of content-stealing “computer administrative debris.” Moneyquote:

Here’s the general theory: To clarify, add detail. Imagine that. To clarify, add detail. And, clutter and overload are not an attribute of information; they are failures of design.

If the information is in chaos, don’t start throwing out information, instead fix the design. And that is exactly what the iPhone platform has done.

More at Tufte’s website and his Vimeo videos..