What is legal design?
Is Legal Design just about making contracts pretty?
No, legal design is not solely about making contracts or legal documents look visually appealing. While aesthetics can be a part of legal design, its primary focus is on improving the overall user experience and comprehension of legal information, processes and other artefacts.
Legal design aims to simplify complex legal concepts, make legal documents and processes more accessible to a wider audience, and enhance their usability. It involves employing design thinking methodologies to address the specific needs, challenges, and pain points of users when interacting with legal materials. In documents, it can include aspects such as clear language, intuitive organisation, visual aids, plain language explanations, and user testing, all of which go beyond mere aesthetics to create documents that are user-friendly, understandable, and effective in conveying legal information.
What's document design?
Document design refers to the intentional and strategic process of creating legal documents that effectively communicate legal information to their intended audience. It involves applying principles of design, typography, layout, and visual elements to enhance readability, comprehension, and usability of legal documents. The aim is to make complex legal information more accessible, user-friendly, and visually appealing, ultimately improving
What’s the difference between Legal Design and Legal Ops?
Legal design and legal operations (legal ops) are two distinct concepts within the legal field, focusing on different aspects of legal practice.
Legal design is an approach that applies design thinking principles to improve the accessibility, clarity, and usability of legal information and documents. It involves using design methodologies to create user-friendly and visually appealing legal materials, with the aim of enhancing comprehension for both legal professionals and non-legal individuals. Legal design focuses on how legal information is communicated and presented to users, with an emphasis on visual elements, plain language, organisation, and user-centred design principles.
Legal Ops on the other hand, pertains to the management and optimisation of legal processes, technology, and resources within a legal department or organisation. It involves the strategic and efficient management of legal functions, including project management, technology implementation, financial management, vendor management, performance metrics, and process improvement. Legal operations professionals work to streamline legal workflows, enhance efficiency, and leverage technology and data to drive better outcomes and cost-effectiveness within legal departments.
At TLB, we provide Legal Ops support but delivered with a Legal Design approach - this is what makes us unique and the solutions we deliver work well - because they’re designed with the user in mind.