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.
How to Use This Toolbox
As you think about building a solution in your legal problem area, consider some existing products & services that could help you model what you’re trying to build.
Once you’ve decided what type of thing you’re building, then look at patterns for how the user will interact with the product and for how to display legal information.
After you’ve made a rough plan, then it’s time to get the skills and tools to design how the solution will look and interact, and to develop it into a testable product.
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.
How can I communicate more visually?
Communication Design Toolbox, or our entire site dedicated to Legal Communication Design (including more research and design pattern libraries).
Here are some tools and protocols to follow in the meantime.
Legal Information Design
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There are lots of good examples in the Esri Insider article, Journalists Embrace Story Maps , that ...
Carolann Bonner has an article, Using Gestalt Principles for Natural Interactions that gives some central ...
These are central design guidelines, or heuristics, from the book Pervasive Information Architecture. by Andrea ...
From Jay Mitchell, clinical professor at Stanford Law School, & his paper on Putting Some ...
The Center for Media Design at Ball State University published a short paper on iTunes ...
How can I create new legal products + tech?
We have gathered together ways to take a design approach to legal technology development. This includes prototyping and planning tools, along with actual product creation guidance. Explore the posts below, and check out
our fuller guidance on developing a new product using a human-centered design approach, along with
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How can I use and visualize data?
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Interested in California's court budget? This analysis from the Legislative Analyst's Office, The 2017-18 Budget: Judicial ...
This wonderful guide to standardizing data and getting to open data can help you walk ...
Princeton University's Eviction Lab has a robust set of data, maps, and visuals that show the level ...
Chris Herron has published an online visual/infographic on U.S. Eviction History via the platform Tableau Public.
The leading national funder of civil legal aid, the Legal Services Corporation, has a public repository ...
MALLET is an open source software tool to make sense of text through machine learning.
Tabula is a free tool for extracting data from PDF files into CSV and Excel ...
WordCounter is a tool that helps you find what frequency of words appear in ...
Nineteen is a visualization tool for datasets, to help labelled data come alive.
You can upload ...
This is a statewide gathering of court data from Maryland:
Maryland Judiciary’s Annual Statistical Performance Measures ...
Data.gov has a searchable set of data sets from all over the U.S., from federal and ...
Data.gov is a collection of data sets from the US federal government, that are meant ...
TRAC Immigration provides data sets, tools & apps for all things immigration in the US. ...
Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) - Total correctional population.
The total correctional population consists of all ...
From law firm Fenwick & West: PTAB Database of Patent Trial and Appeal Board Post-Grant ...
How can I prototype policy?
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How can I make my legal org more innovative?
Building design capacity in an organization is a major undertaking. We are assembling resources for those who want to increase the creativity, collaboration, and experimentation in their organization.
You might also want to read up
on user testing, or on how to prototype.
Culture & Change
Implementing & Scaling
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The group kolba has a great short post on organizational change and innovation: Five lessons ...
Gerry Riskin has a useful note from 2006 for Managing Partners of law firms and ...
An article in from Arshad Chowdhury in Fast Company, about how to set positive & ...
Here is a Fast Company article on the importance of culture in organizational success -- ...
I came across this video essay by Laura Walker Hudson, the CEO of TechChange, ...
Well done !!!
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.
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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Love the toolbox, still going over all of the great resources.
Have you considered adding Realtime board to the list? It’s a great collaboration tool. Have been using it for a while now.
It’s basically and endless whiteboard canvas with a lot of great integrations like “iconfinder, sketch, wireframes, google drive etc.”
Great for ideation, mindmapping, prototyping. service maps, information architecture, design research deliverables, etc”
I found your site while searching for Canva’s screenshots. I haven’t seen any site with such toolbox before, but found here some interesting pieces of information about design I haven’t been taught at school. The design pattern library rocks, I wish I found your site earlier 🙂
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Hi, I just discovered this awesome resource but a lot of the links seem to be broken! 🙁 Would love to get access to some of the resources if they still exist
Hi! There was some broken code that is fixed now. Sorry about that!
Hi – a lot of the links are broken, including all of the main toolbar links: “Legal Design Pattern Library”, “Create an Innovative Organization”, “Idea Book”, the sub-links under “Develop a new product” and “Legal Product Typology”. Is this resource being maintained?
Hi! It seems there was a part of the code that was broken. Hopefully it’s all fixed now.