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Wednesday, December 17, 2003


Bad graphic and chart design killed the astronauts on the Challenger, Edward Tufte is fond of pointing out. Scientists warned the NASA top brass that the cold would spell disaster, but they presented their findings so poorly that the executives coudln't agree. He also spends much of his life spitting on PowerPoint, its relatives, its children, and its inventors. Should he ever succeed in killing PowerPoint, Tufte will continue to spit, on its grave.

Tufte practically told the seminar I attended in 2001, that PowerPoint would kill people.