Last year, I ran a workshop at Stanford d.school for lawyers & law students who were interested in learning some basics of visualization & some quick ways to produce visual versions of text-based legal information.
As a part of the workshop, I had the participants do a few exercises, to stretch their visual design muscles. I handed out parts of a giant Immigration Law manual to different participants, and asked them to identify a passage that would possibly work as a visual, and then work together to convert the text to some kind of diagram, cartoon, table, chart, flow, or otherwise.
Here are the rough sketches that emerged. They each took somewhere between 5 and 20 minutes. It’s wonderful to see how great a design concept can emerge — the next step is to spend an hour or so on the computer to convert these raw concepts into more legible digital images.