Design Living

Honoring Jay Fliegelman

It seems that the older one gets the more there’s an interest in reading obituaries.

While browsing this afternoon, I happened across an article written with great care by Cynthia Haven from the Stanford News Service about the death earlier this week of Jay Fliegelman, the Coe Professor in American Literature at Stanford. He was only 58 years old.

Haven’s article goes on to talk about Fliegelman used his “important collection of more than a hundred rare books” to truly bring history to life for his students.

Last month, I attended Edward Tufte’s two day experimental course in Palo Alto. Tufte also punctuates his presentations on information design with his own set of rare masterpieces.

Special teachers – like Fliegelman and Tufte – awaken our senses to new insights we’d never have learned without them.

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