And you think what you’re doing is complicated?

11 October 2006

We spent several hours last night with the current titleholder of the Cutest Child in the World, Camila. Lola was keeping Ramon from going even more crazy while working on his tenure dossier, and we were trusted with keeping the benevolent dictator happy in the meantime.

Despite my complete lack of rational thought during that time, it makes sense this morning to connect with an information design anecdote. While at Gemini, I am surrounded by a lot of technically competend (not to say obsessed) people. This story about Edward Tufte (full disclosure–one of my heroes) fits rather nicely with the theme of the Squirt and the Code.

Dr Spock’s Baby Care is a best-selling owner’s manual for the most complicated ‘product’ imaginable — and it only has two levels of headings. You people have 8 levels of hierarchy and I haven’t even stopped counting yet.


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