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The Legal Design Toolbox is a set of resources for aspiring designers who are approaching legal challenges with a creative, generative, human-centered approach. The toolbox provides you with guides, tools, and examples to help you scope & tackle these challenges with design.

The toolbox is structured by the type of challenge you’re trying to solve. Use the menu to navigate to the challenge area you think best fits the problem you’re tackling.



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Future Directions

Design also has the potential to help you serve a client or partner in other ways, mind-mapped out below. Future iterations of this toolbox will expand the resources to design for policy-change, design for branding, and system design.
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TAPoR, the Text Analysis Portal for Research has a very useful overview of tools to use as you do qualitative or text-based research. TAPoR is a ...
The article 10 Heuristics for User Interface Design by Jakob Nielsen provides a convenient checklist of 10 key things/features/factors that any usable website should have. ...
Carolann Bonner has an article, Using Gestalt Principles for Natural Interactions that gives some central communication design principles, based on Gestalt ideas, that are directly ...
Piktochart is an online, paid tool to create your own infographics easily, by plugging in your data into their templates. You can also create reports, ...
Here's an excellent article from Rachel Banning-Lover on The Guardian, intended particularly for NGOs and relief workers,  via the Global Development Professionals Network | Guardian ...
An article from Jim Babbage on Adobe's Blog, via Creating Static and Interactive Infographics with Illustrator and Muse. Creating Static and Interactive Infographics with Illustrator and ...
The Pencil Project is an open-source software for all operating systems, that lets you quickly create mockups, prototypes, flowcharts, and diagrams. It is absolutely ...
Gliffy is a brows-er based piece of software that lets you create diagrams, organization charts, wireframes, and technical drawings.  
These are central design guidelines, or heuristics, from the book Pervasive Information Architecture. by Andrea Resmini and Luca Rosati, with a website with more information ...
The product design sprint: prototype with Keynote | Google Ventures. The product design sprint: prototype (day 4) Jake Knapp ...
Story-centered design: how to make a prototype in PowerPoint | Google Ventures. Story-centered design: how to make a prototype in PowerPoint Henry Tsai ...
Taking Information Seriously: Misrepresentation and Nondisclosure in Contract Law and Elsewhere by Richard Craswell :: SSRN. by Richard Craswell, Stanford Law School Abstract: Contract law attempts in various ...
Here is a law article from last year, by lawyer Adam L. Rosman, about how visual design can be integrated into legal documents. ...
Here is one testing model to see if your designs are successful: 1. Define one or two Research Questions for example, is my design more usable than ...
A booklet from CUP on "I Got Arrested! Now What?": This issue of Making Policy Public breaks down the juvenile justice system comic book-style. Check out ...
A visual navigator from CUP, for Vendors: Did you know you can get a $1,000 ticket for parking more than 18 inches from the curb? When ...
Again from the Center for Urban Pedagogy, a foldout pamphlet poster aimed at tenants in Chinatown, New York -- telling them their rights & remedies. The ...
Another great project from CUP, the Center for Urban Pedagogy, this time on language rights: The Project Description: If you don’t speak English in NYC and you’re ...
Another amazing infographic guide for a non-expert to navigate Housing Law, from the CUP team. Their project description: Your faucet is leaking, there’s mold in the ...
From CUP's amazing design/public service operations: Their project: Housing Court Help Many tenants in NYC’s hectic housing courts don’t know that they ...
From Jay Mitchell, clinical professor at Stanford Law School, & his paper on Putting Some Product Into Work Product: The abstract of his paper: Clients hire ...
From Cynthia Lee: For a sample of bad text design, the incidental charges airlines create for customers, who travel internationally, are especially convoluted and annoyingly complex, ...
Here's a legal journal article, Blind Consent? A Social Psychological Investigation of Non-Readership of Click-Through Agreements, on how users approach Click Through legal agreements, and what kind ...
The Center for Media Design at Ball State University published a short paper on iTunes Terms of Service Redesign. They used a Savannah design student's proposed ...
How to obtain a motorcycle licence in the UK - TDL | London.
United Airlines safety card(93%).
from Alex Gavis
A more facetious warning from howtobeadad.com <p style="text-align: center;"> A warning for Dads & Kids.
From the Ellen MacArthur foundation, on how a circular economy operates as a system
from Alex Gavis
from Alex Gavis
▶ I Like Pretty Graphs: Best Practices for Data Visualization Assignments – YouTube | Program for Legal Technology & Design.
▶ I Like Pretty Graphs: Best Practices for Data Visualization Assignments – YouTube | Program for Legal Technology & Design. The DesignLab from University of Washington ...
in a 2004 interview by Mark Zachry and Charlotte Thralls in TECHNICAL COMMUNICATION QUARTERLY, 13 (4), 447–462
via Rethinking the design of the 'terms of service' agreement - SmartPlanet. Rethinking the design of the 'terms of service' agreement By Andrew Nusca Design student Gregg Bernstein ...
Here is a short article about tax forms -- that includes discussion of how not only forms can be laid out better, but how legal ...
Here is a short CHI paper from researchers at Carnegie Mellon about how users use (or do not) a more privacy-aware browser. Their conclusion: Privacy concerns are ...
[youtube ] Here's a talk Ryan Calo gave at Stanford comparing different styles of notice & analyzing what works.
Set up your own text-messaging service for free. « SMS 411. If your legal design project may involve texting, particularly to 'non-smart' or dumb phones, then ...
A Periodic Table of Visualization Methods. from Ralph Lengler & Martin J. Eppler at www.visual-literacy.org This interactive table presents a systematic overview of tools to use ...
People That Ignore School Zone Signs Behave Badly « KRON4.
InVision is a great (and free) tool to use to go from sketches or mockups to an interactive website. It lets you lay out your ...
Notice.bmp (BMP Image, 609 × 640 pixels).
A computer game retailer revealed that it legally owns the souls of thousands of online shoppers, thanks to a clause in the terms and conditions ...
Ryan Calo in Against Notice Skepticism in Privacy proposes that we consider Visceral Notice alternatives to language-based notice. Visceral Notice leads consumers to experience information rather ...
via Consumer Comprehension of Financial Privacy Notices - s70907-21-levy.pdf. This report describes the results of the second phase of a research project focusing on privacy ...
via Against Notice Skepticism In Privacy (And Elsewhere) by Ryan Calo :: SSRN. What follows is an exploration of innovative new ways to deliver privacy notice. ...
via Against Notice Skepticism In Privacy (And Elsewhere) by Ryan Calo :: SSRN. What follows is an exploration of innovative new ways to deliver privacy notice. ...
Laws can be hard to pass and easy to ignore. Regulators are increasingly turning to alternatives to law to influence citizen behavior. This Essay compares ...
Welcome! This Visualization for Lawyers page will be a running resource for lawyers, law students, paralegals, and other people coming from the legal profession who ...
Data For Radicals has a great tutorial for making searchable, filterable tables of your data. Here is a clip of the illustrated, step-by-step tutorial, go ...
  5 Infographics to Teach You How to Easily Create Infographics in PowerPoint [+ TEMPLATES].
Visual.ly has a very easy tool for you to create venn diagrams, compose them beautifully, and download them. It's a quick simple app to use ...
A Beginner’s Guide to Wireframing from Webdesigntuts+. Here is an excellent step-by-step tutorial on how to wireframe out a website or app you want to develop! ...
Collected from: 21 very important diagrams that you must save on your computer | naijaPOSE.  
via How to Prototype an App in 1 hour: meet POP | Board of Innovation. How to Prototype an App in 1 hour: meet POP by Manu ...
Awwwards has collected together a whole set of free elements for you to lay out, mock-up, and roll-out beautiful mobile apps. This is a great collection ...
So you want to build a website? I know it is tempting to jump into just buying a domain & trying to learn html to build ...
Here is a five-part free tutorial from Skillshare, taught by the Noun Project, on how to create beautiful & crisp icons for your designs. Especially ...
This website is full of examples of great free icons, symbols, vectors, and pictograms to use in your designs: Awward's collection of Vector icons and ...
This is a free set of beautiful, sharp icons to use in your designs from the Linecons Free - Vector Icons Pack by Designmodo. You can ...
  Designmodo provides this User Interface Kit for you, if you want to develop very clean & flat interfaces. It gives you photoshop files to use, ...
The Stanford d.school has made an online resourcethe Virtual Crash Course in Design Thinking to help people who want to conceive of better ideas & ...
Visualizing.org is a site that collects together a community of people who are visualizing complex issues through data & design. It includes some political, governmental, ...


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3 Comments on “Home”

  1. Nate Crosser

    Hi Margaret,

    Thanks for all the work you do. This is a great collection of resources. What design software do you use to design your infographics and sketches? I love how they look and I’d like to create some for my own practice.

    1. Margaret

      I use Concepts on the iPad Pro. In the past I used Procreate. I use Sketch on my Macbook. Happy to talk more, I love to geek out over drawing and creating!

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