TL;DR – showcasing the best in legal design

TL;DR is a new resources site published by Emily Albon of The City Law School which showcases the best in legal design:

“As law teachers we should be incorporating design principles into our work; in terms of how we present our teaching resources to our students, but also in terms of preparing them for their future in law.”

TL;DR stands for Too Long; Didn’t Read. It’s what editors write next to your wordy text when they skip over it. The website is dedicated to the proposition that with thoughtful visual design this needn’t ever happen to you.

TL;DR aims to showcase the best of design in a legal context and that doesn’t only mean showing better visual presentation. Are you a lecturer who would like to take a new approach to get across something students always find tricky? Or a student who wants some ideas on learning for exams more effectively with visual memory cues? You might have wondered about how you might communicate legal rights to a client who didn’t speak your language?

TL;DR is envisaged as a place where lecturers and students can go for ideas on how different tools or techniques might work to help them communicate the law better. The resources have been built with the help of professional illustrators, graphic designers and web developers to see what we could come up with on a limited budget. Students have also got involved – sharing their practices and creating new content. They range from simple DIY examples that anyone could make in an afternoon to full-blown interactive multimedia.

“It’s not about demonstrating what we think is best practice. It’s about showing you what is possible with minimal resources so you’re not frightened to get your hands dirty and try a little legal design yourself! Remember if doesn’t matter if you think you can’t draw – it’s the ideas that count. A stick figure goes a long way!”