Medical legal case:
Congenital Transposition of the Great Arteries
Dr. Leila Lax
Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, iPad Procreate.
Four-panel (30"x 40" each) courtroom exhibit.
Lay audience; courtroom judge.
Make a clear and comprehensive graphic representation of the key events involved in a medical malpractice case. Following guidelines for admissibility of demonstrative evidence, scaffold knowledge necessary to understand the relevant anatomy and pathology. Since our client was representing the defendants (Orry and Gill), our goal was to provide visuals that would allow them to make the case that arterial switch surgery was necessary for the plaintiff (Dobby) and completed successfully, and that the complication was unlikely to have been caused by actions of the defendants.
Completed in December, 2018.
1. Communication objectives
After reviewing the legal documents provided, our team came up with the key questions that our visuals would need to answer in order for the judge to fully understand the medical information involved in this case. We presented our proposed visualization solution to the client. We decided that each of our four panels would focus on one key event in the case, with a summary at the beginning.
3. Layout & composition
For our first (low-fidelity) drafts, we made sketches and composited the scans in Adobe Illustrator. Our first iteration of the layout had a horizontal timeline running continuously across the four panels.