PowerPoint: Art or info fog?

After David Byrnes premiered his PowerPoint art in LA, Clive Thompson writing in New York Times highlights Edward Tufte’s essay that PowerPoint is a terrible way to convey information. From the Times article: In his slim 28-page pamphlet, Tufte claimed that Microsoft’s ubiquitous software forces people to mutilate data beyond comprehension. For example, the low resolution of a PowerPoint slide means that it usually contains only about 40 words, or barely eight seconds of reading.

Wired Magazine has a column by Tufte highlighting points in his essay and a column by Byrne about making art on PowerPoint. Wired later published this interview with Byrnes. Tufte’s pamphlet can be purchased from his site.

Another use of PowerPoint: The Gettysburg Address.

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