Breaking it down: How legal design uses various design disciplines

For those beginning their legal design journey it’s important to understand that there are several disciplines of design that legal design draws upon — not just design thinking and service design.

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Jul 20, 2018 · 2 min read
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What do you get when you put Legal and Design together? The answer, a buzz word called Legal Design that is both confusing and exciting the hell out of the legal sector.

When sitting on their own, the words ‘legal’ and the words ‘design’ appear to be somewhat self-explanatory. But join the two together and the concept becomes a little more difficult to grasp.

By combining legal expertise with various design disciplines and the designer’s mindset you can change the way you and your team work as well as create better legal products, services and processes.

There’s been an overwhelming temptation by those new to legal design to try and box it as merely ‘visualising law’ or simply ‘service-design’ in the legal sector. This only scratches the surface of what legal design truly encompasses.

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How Legal Design uses design disciplines by Meera Sivanathan and Emma Hertzberg.
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A practical example: Legal Design for a legal document by Emma Hertzberg and Meera Sivanathan.

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