Presenting Data and Information:
a one-day course taught by Edward Tufte


"Edward Tufte's one-day course on "Presenting Data and Information" is the best value-for-money that you can spend if you are involved in any way in presentation of information to users. When I receive this new schedule of these courses each year I get to thinking whom do I know whose career might change for the better if they take this course. I've taken it twice (the content is always up to date with the latest examples of both good and bad information design). Every attendee gets copies of Tufte's four major works on visual display of information. Tufte offers a group discount so your company can send a whole department or product team. And there's a steep discount for full-time students, faculty members, and postdocs.

When we were still not yet cash-flow-positive and had to watch every penny, I insisted on offering to every member of the staff who had either development or product marketing roles in the company, whether in London or Boston, a chance to go to this course. We aspired to be leaders in creating innovative ways for users to browse information from subject encyclopedias. To me it was money well spent and showed that we were a company that takes effective user-centered design seriously. If your boss says there's no money to send you to such a course go to it on your own nickel, but buy a copy of "The Inmates are Running the Asylum" for your boss or boss's boss." JOHN DOVE

"Best single-day class ever." TaoSecurity

"The Information Sage: Meet Edward Tufte, the graphics guru to the power elite who is revolutionizing how we see data." Edward Tufte's many goverment data presentations in Washington, DC, including his presidential appointment to the Recovery Independent Advisory Panel and work on"" The Washington Monthly

"The da Vinci of data." THE NEW YORK TIMES

"One visionary day. Few speak as eloquently as Edward Tufte, whose theories of information design not only illuminate, they inspire. In a full-day seminar, Tufte, author of the classic The Visual Display of Quantitative Information, uses maps, graphs, charts, and tables to communicate what prose alone cannot. For information designers Tufte's work is a model of clarity and craftsmanship. Given that the heart of his enterprise is statistics (of which he's a professor at Yale), one might worry about "lognormal distributions" and "trimetric projections." This would be a mistake. Tufte keeps jargon to a minimum. His insights lead to new levels of understanding both for creators and viewers of visual display. What makes Tufte most persuasive are his works themselves: His books and his seminar embody his belief that "good design is clear thinking made visible." WIRED

"Ivy League Rock and Roll: Edward Tufte, the world's most renowned visualization expert, holds legendary information design courses. I recently was among the hundreds that flock to each of his live performances. What an experience! Tufte's seminars are legendary. Anyone who deals with data and visualization on a professional level knows his books. Today in Washington's Crystal Forum many participants come from government agencies and military institutions. There are also several students whose majors range from information technology and graphic design to economics, biology and medicine. Some, balancing notebooks on their laps, will take detailed notes so that they can fully absorb Tufte's messages later at home. He gently takes an awe-striking original from Galileo Galilei or a centuries-old copy of Euclid's scripts and proceeds to carry it down the aisle. Later, one of his assistants will also walk through the auditorium with one of these precious books in hand." Nicolas Bissantz

"Go to Edward Tufte workshop. A rite of passage for every designer." Jared Spool

"Edward Tufte wants you to see better" NPR

Everyone taking the course receives copies of all four books. The course is taught entirely by Edward Tufte.

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Topics covered in one-day course
A new, widely-adopted method for presentations: meetings are smarter, more effective, 20% shorter.

Fundamental design strategies for all information displays: sentences, tables, diagrams, maps, charts, images, video, data visualizations, and randomized displays for making graphical statistical inferences.

New ideas on spectatorship, consuming reports. How to assess the credibility of a presentation and its presenter, how to detect cherry-picking, how to reason about alternative explanations.

Standards of comparison for workaday and for cutting edge visualizations. How to identify excellent information architectures and use them as models and comparison sets for your own work and for the work of your contractors. Monitoring the designs of others.

The future of information displays: 4K, 6K, 8K video maps moving in time.

Practical examples are from everywhere: science, social science, music, business, finance, sports, art, medicine, architecture, NASA, government reports.

The entire course is taught by Edward Tufte.

The fee for the one-day course is $380. This fee includes all four books, Visual Explanations, Envisioning Information, The Visual Display of Quantitative Information, and Beautiful Evidence. Groups of 10 or more, registering simultaneously, receive a 20% discount.

For full-time teaching faculty, students, postdocs, the fee is $240. To register, follow the instructions online and document your status with the following information:
(1) Image of your current student, faculty, postdoc ID
(2) A direct phone number of a registrar or department office that can verify your status, or a direct link to an institutional website that shows your position.

There are no other discounts.

Graphics Press federal tax ID number: 06-1637582

Hours for the course
The one-day course meets from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm. Registration begins at 9:00 am. Lunch is on your own. Dress is informal.

Call 800 822-2454 or 203 250-7007 between 9.00 am and 5.00 pm EST.

Location and dates

Please note that touring with the one-day course has been suspended due to the pandemic.
Early registration is suggested; these are large courses which often fill up quickly.

Online Registration requires a credit card. Purchase orders should be emailed, faxed, or mailed.

Groups can use the Group Registration Form or fax, mail or

For full-time teaching faculty, students, postdocs only: Online Registration Faculty/Students/Postdocs.

By Email
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By fax
You can fax your completed registration form, using MasterCard, VISA, AMEX, Discover, or a purchase order. Our 24-hour fax is 203 272-8600.

By mail
Mail your completed registration form along with a MasterCard, VISA, AMEX, Discover, purchase order, or check made payable to Graphics Press LLC:

    Graphics Press LLC
    P.O. Box 430
    Cheshire, CT 06410

By telephone
You can also register by telephone using MasterCard, VISA, AMEX, or Discover. Please call 203 272-9187 or 800 822-2454.

Payment is required in advance but it is refundable, less a $50 processing fee, if your cancellation is received three full business days before the course. If you fail to attend and do not notify us in advance, the fee is not refunded. Substitutes are welcome.

You will receive directions to the site and an admission card to be presented at the course.

Printed Flyer
To receive a color flyer for the course, which has more information, email (, fax or call us with your snail mail address.


"In university halls and conference centers, Tufte's appeal crackles. Fans spend the day looking at art and information through Tufte's eyes, as he walks them through images and analysis of his books. In 4 books and popular auditorium gigs, he teaches by visual example. Next to a bad example of a graph, he positions a sublimely clear treatment, often using the same data. Tufte's work is relevant to anyone who needs to write or present information clearly, from business executives to students. About 10 years ago, The New York Times crowned Tufte the "da Vinci of data." A more fitting title might be the "Galileo of graphics." Where da Vinci is remembered as an inventor of new technologies, Galileo put right our understanding of the solar system by positioning the sun at its center. Tufte, who owns a handful of nearly 400-year-old first editions by Galileo considers the early scientist a master of analytical design." BLOOMBERG

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