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Designers Outraged at US Gov Spys

PRISM PowerPoints Not So Hot

The revelation that the U.S. Government is spying on the Internet outraged pundits, politicians and rights advocates. After the Washington Post published the slides the design community was outraged too. I think the information content of the slides is actually not so terrible. The problem is the hideously ugly artwork. The design skills of whoever created these slides is appallingly low. Poor presentation detracts from the message so much that it slows comprehension. This is a great illustration of why design skill is an important part of effective communication.

 

Dreadful spy-PRISM deck sets new record for most header logos — Edward Tufte

 

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