Jerry Seinfeld on information design (1981)

Move over, Edward Tufte: here's Jerry Seinfeld's first appearance on The Tonight Show in 1981. He was 27 years old. During his bit, he makes a good point about weather forecasts. He says that typical television weather forecasts don't provide him with useful information.

They show you the satellite photo. A photograph of the Earth from 10,000 miles away. Can you tell if you should take a sweater or not from that? I have no idea. If I really need to know the weather I watch Romper Room, the kiddy show. They lay it on the line. If the little wooly guy on the wall gets a raincoat, I know what's happening.
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11 Responses to “Jerry Seinfeld on information design (1981)”

  1. Steve says:

    uh.  they give the high and low temp. so yes you do know to wear a sweater.  Seinfeld, idiot then, billionaire now.

  2. Mark N. says:

    Did he get invited to sit by Johnny on this appearance?

  3. TheKaz1969 says:

    Yeah, but I got free books when I went to see Tufte…

  4. mrfantasy says:

    So it makes sense that I went to one Of Tufte’s seminars that was held in Caroline’s Comedy Club. No joke.

  5. Brad Bell says:

    There is so much bad design in the world that we can’t see the forest for the trees. Design is difficult and we generally don’t try, because we think it’s superficial rather than fundamental. One exception is Apple. But look how they are doing.

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