The Cognitive Style of PowerPoint: Pitching Out Corrupts Within

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Graphics Press, 2006 - Computers - 31 pages
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In corporate and government bureaucracies, the standard method for making a presentation is to talk about a list of points organized onto slides projected up on the wall. For many years, overhead projectors lit up transparencies, and slide projectors showed high-resolution 35mm slides. Now 'slideware' computer programs for presentations are nearly everywhere. Early in the 21st century, several hundred million copies of Microsoft PowerPoint were turning out trillions of slides each year. Unfortunately, slideware often reduces the analytical quality of presentations. In particular, the popular PowerPoint templates (ready-made designs) usually weaken verbal and spatial reasoning, and almost always corrupt statistical analysis. The author examines how these problems can be avoided and how to improve Powerpoint (and other) presentations.

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User Review  - jcopenha - LibraryThing

Wow, Tufte is really pissed off at PowerPoint. I agree with his assessment that powerpoint is the wrong tool for conveying technical analysis. And I can see where PowerPoint leads you into traps, but ... Read full review

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User Review  - GrumpyBob - LibraryThing

This booklet is excepted from one of Tufte's other books, and is at times a spectacularly intemperate rant against PowerPoint. My view is that software packages are a tool and should used as such. Tufte makes good points as usual, but PowerPoint isn't the villain, i think. Read full review

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