Saturday, December 27, 2003

The Seattle Times: Business & Technology: PowerPoint effect: Does it spark or numb creativity?

The Seattle Times: Business & Technology: PowerPoint effect: Does it spark or numb creativity?: "'Software constraints are only confining if you use them for what they're intended to be used for,' Byrne said in a phone interview. 'PowerPoint may not be of any use for you in a presentation, but it may liberate you in another way, an artistic way. Who knows.'
The gulf between Byrne's and Tufte's outlooks troubles fans.
Jimmy Guterman, 41, a writer whose Boston-area office includes posters of Tufte and Byrne, said he feels like the child of divorce.
'Quite frankly, I have to side with Tufte on this one,' Guterman said. 'Byrne thinks it's funny that this tool exists, and he wants to play with it. Tufte is going for the jugular. But they both in different ways understand that PowerPoint is a broken tool.' "
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