Just finished reading “Laws of Simplicity” by John Maeda. I think this little tome is a must read for anyone who works with design or visualization – even remotely. If the closest you come to visualization is putting bar graphs on a Powerpoint slide, and are still using the ugly template someone made in the 90’s – read this book! You will do yourself and others whom you torture with your visual disasters a big favor. (And no there are no Powerpoint tricks in it, its all about simplicity). If you aren’t the reading type, then the BookShot above (this is my term for a snapshot of the book) should get you excited enough to invest time 🙂
And if you are still not moved enough and would rather just see the video, here is John Maeda at the TED Talks:
Just finished reading the book (finally). All these years I would have read a smattering of books associated with the Second World War, but never really got around to reading this one. All throughout I was left feeling how close we were to seeing a very different world order.
All the bungling and fiascoes by the powers that be in those times and the final push which saw the downfall of the Axis left goosebumps on my skin. The first thing I thought of when I turned the final page was the dialogue Morpheus had in the Matrix Reloaded.
Trinity: Maybe we did something wrong.
Neo: Or didn’t do something.
Morpheus: No, what happened, happened and couldn’t have happened any other way.
Neo: How do you know?
Morpheus: We are still alive.
But of course things are not always that simple. My curiosity about a whole bunch of “why?”is now piqued and I plan to (hopefully) get some of the other books that deal with the topics in-depth. Lets see how that plays out.
An interesting co-incidence. This toon was posted on xkcd. It’s funny and intensely poignant. The mouse over on the toon says “Reversed Directive : It is forbidden for you to interfere with human history until you have at least taken a class on it” (read the book to understand the significance of directives)