On this date in 1986 NASA faced their biggest tragedy with the Challenger explosion. This should be a sobering lesson for information managers about the importance of thorough data analysis and information representation because if these two tasks would have been done better the Challenger explosion could have been avoided.

Poorly constructed overhead slides don’t normally kill people, but they do often leave people in the dark. Tufte, author of the seminal works, The Visual Design of Quantitative Information, and Envisioning Information, demonstrates time and time again how careful design of information can communicate in a single glance information that might takes hours or weeks of effort to ferret out in its raw form. Just as important as new, clean software design in the coming decade will be designs that result in equally clear information.

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