The post gives several interesting examples of visualization of legal information, including:
- Candy Chang’s Vendor Power!
- Susanne Hoogwater’s Legal Visuals
- Olivia Zarcate’s Imagidroit
- Dr. Margaret Hagan’s Open Law Lab, and
- Professor Seth Chandler’s Visualizing Legal Rules: Battle of the Forms.
The authors then conclude:
Once the visual turn has begun, we do not think it can be stopped; the benefits are just too many. As lawyers, we have a lot to learn and we could do our job better in so many respects if we indeed started to get into the mode of thinking and acting like a designer and not just like a lawyer. This applies not only to purely legal information, but everything else we produce: contracts, memos, corporate governance materials, policies, manuals, employee handbooks, and guidance.
Legal information tends to be complex, and information design(ers) can help us make it easier to understand and act upon. The goal is accomplishing the writer’s goals by meeting the readers’ needs. [...]
With new tools and services being developed, it will become easier to convey our content and documents in more usable and more engaging ways. As the work progresses and new tools and apps appear, we are likely to see a major change in the legal industry. Meanwhile, let us know your views and ideas and what you are doing or interested in doing with visuals.
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