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Medical legal case: Congenital Transposition of the Great Arteries

Medical legal case:
Congenital Transposition of the Great Arteries

Transposition of the Great Arteries medical legal illustration
Transposition of the Great Arteries medical legal illustration
Transposition of the Great Arteries medical legal illustration
CLIENT

Dr. Leila Lax

 
MEDIA

Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, iPad Procreate.

 
FORMAT

Four-panel (30"x 40" each) courtroom exhibit.

 
TARGET AUDIENCE

Lay audience; courtroom judge.

OBJECTIVE

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.

Collaborative project with Felix Son, Maurita Hung, and Shawn Liu ("Vein Studios").

 

Completed in December, 2018.

Transposition of the Great Arteries medical legal illustration

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.

2. Co-design plan & style sheet

Once our proposal was accepted, distributed tasks based on our individual strengths and preferences.

Felix did most of the layout work, Maurita took care of most of the administrative work, I did most of the drawing/rendering work, and Shawn did all the tracing.

 

However, there was plenty of cross-pollination and rapid feedback based on the needs of the moment.

Felix designed the style sheet , which was used to ensure consistency in our use of colour and graphic elements.

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.