In 2012, IBM set out a bold vision: to flood its ranks with hundreds of designers and train its entire workforce — almost 400,000 employees worldwide — to think, work, and feel like designers. By the end of 2016, IBM had more than tripled its design staff, and roughly 100,000 IBM staffers have gone through some sort of design training. To make this possible, in 2014 IBM Design created and released the first public version of its own Design Language, to enable designers to create products that look, sound, think, and perform like IBM. But IBM also has more than a thousand, of software products that are in service of big data, analytics, and cognitive computing, and the need to visualize data and the insights yielded is felt deeply across the organization. In 2016, IBM’s head of design, Phil Gilbert, contacted Accurat to collaborate with his team on a roadmap to create a data visualization system that would complement and augment the IBM Design Language.