Legal Design Tool: Automatic Text Service

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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 TextMarks may be a useful development tool to prototype an automatic texting system. You don’t have to be a big company to set up a text-message auto-response system. With TextMarks, you can set up … Read More

A Periodic Table of Visualization Methods

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A Periodic Table of Visualization Methods. from Ralph Lengler & Martin J. Eppler at This interactive table presents a systematic overview of tools to use when trying to visualize different things — and hover over any of the types, and see an example of exactly that pop-up. So cool & useful!

Harvard online course in Data Visualization

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Harvard School of Engineering & Applied Science has an online course open to the public on Data Visualization. It was produced in Spring 2013 & still has an online repository of all the lectures, labs & workshops that took place. You can go through the entire semester’s worth of content — including how to use the D3 Javascript library to … Read More

▶ I Like Pretty Graphs: Best Practices for Data Visualization Assignments – YouTube

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▶ I Like Pretty Graphs: Best Practices for Data Visualization Assignments – YouTube. The DesignLab from University of Washington has a great (hour long) presentation about how to integrate data visualizations into typically non-data-driven, non-visual classes in a university. It can also be bridged into law school classrooms, as a beginner intro to data visualization and its potential to integrate … Read More

How to create a Swim-Lane Diagram

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A swim-lane-diagram is a type of flowchart, and it can be used to display the same type of information. A swim-lane-diagram documents the steps or activities across boarder and show which step and activity belongs to whom throughout processes; that’s why it’s also called a cross-functional-diagram or a cross-channel-diagram. What a swim-lane-diagram makes special and unique is that the elements … Read More

TRAC: Data about Federal Law Enforcement

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TRAC, or The Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, is a huge amount of data on federal enforcement of criminal law, immigration & other matters. This is a great source of raw data to draw into your projects, apps, or reports. TRAC describes itself as “a data gathering, data research and data distribution organization at Syracuse University.” It also has some visualizations … Read More

Make an interactive vertical timeline: tutorial from Data for Radicals

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I found the wonderful Data for Radicals site, that has a rich set of illustrated tutorials on making interactive visualizations. Since I’ve been collecting timeline-creators, here’s another example — but this time, it’s a Vertical Timeline. A clip of the tutorial is below, go to this link to see the full thing! The Absurdly Illustrated Guide To Your First Dynamic, … Read More

Make an Interactive Timeline: TimelineSetter

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ProPublica has created an interactive timeline-maker TimelineSetter. You can create a spreadsheet with special formatting & layout, and then load it into the code that you’ve installed on your website. TimelineSetter 0.3.2 TimelineSetter creates beautiful timelines. It is a command-line utility that takes a specially-structured CSV file as input and outputs standards-compliant HTML/CSS/JavaScript. It supports any span of time from … Read More