Meaning Guide

Stopping jargon before it starts

I just posted some thoughts on the origin of business jargon over on LinkedIn that you may find interesting. In a nutshell, just because the person with the whiteboard marker happens to be socially dominant, you...

Steps to mapping society

Many thanks to Daniel Bassill for taking the time to share his thoughts on my TED talk on mapping society. If you haven’t watched it, the basic idea is that having an accurate and comprehensive set of visual maps...

Beauty is not a substitute for meaning

“Allowing artist-illustrators to control the design and content of statistical graphics is almost like allowing typographers to control the content, style and editing of prose.” – Edward Tufte...

Start with when

When people see our conceptual maps for the first time, they often ask “Where do you start?!” It took us a few years to notice that we actually always start in the same place.  When we’re trying to figure out the...

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