too many words by laura lemay

perl & visual design

I have a lot of respect for people who can present technical information visually in an interesting way. I can do the writing, but visual design is not my strong point — not just graphic design, site design, but information design (its a different thing). So when I come across something like Mark Lentczner’s Periodic Table of Perl Operators (PDF) I just sit and gaze in awe. Wow. Its just awesome. (of course you have to understand something about Perl to know WHY its awesome, but trust me, it is).

I look at a set of Perl operators and I think in terms of a table; to come up with this kind of organization and layout requires some kind of sense of spacial multidimensional thought that I just don’t have. Totally fascinating. Plus, the column labels are really funny. (via Daily