Winning Your Case with Forensic and Demonstrative Graphics / Edition 1

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In an era where complex litigation is fast becoming the rule, not the exception, Winning Your Case With Graphics provides a clear methodology for designing and organizing visual exhibits for courtroom presentation. This unique, easy-to-read book contains illustrations that show how to solve numerous problems in the presentation of demonstrative or forensic evidence. Examples from case studies show attorneys the wide variety of design and media choices currently used in courtrooms.


Topics addressed include ways to focus and keep audience attention; how to explain difficult concepts to a lay audience; a practical primer on understanding animation, video, graphs, and illustrations; and appropriate uses of modern technology such as multimedia and on-screen navigation.

A valuable addition to any litigator or litigation support specialist's arsenal of communication tools:

Attorneys, paralegals, legal secretaries, and other litigation support specialists will find this an essential handbook for providing compelling, memorable visual evidence and for expanding their creativity in planning courtroom strategy.


A. Tana Kantor, a multimedia specialist and award-winning designer with a master's degree in communications, has over nine years experience creating courtroom graphics and animations. At LSI Graphic Evidence in Los Angeles, she helped pioneer the use of modern technology and design to describe complex processes in the courtroom. She has also consulted with major video graphics equipment manufacturers on product and software design.

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A multimedia specialist who has provided graphics for use in courts in California sets out a methodology by which lawyers and their staffs can design and organizing visual exhibits for courtroom presentation. She includes illustrations, some actually used in courts or pretrial negotiations, to demonstrate how to solve many problems in presenting demonstrative or forensic evidence, and suggests how to focus and keep the audience's attention. Color examples and movies are on the CD-ROM, which runs in Windows. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780849381317
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 9/29/1998
  • Edition description: BK&CD ROM
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 6.25 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Creating the Forest from the Trees
About This Book


Defining the Exhibits
The Story

Viewing Options
Variations on Courtboards

How the Medium Affects Design
Measuring Resolution
The Medium is the Message
Using Resolution

Template Design
Finding Ideas


Demonstrative Exhibits
Illustrating Facts
Illustrating Concepts
Text Screens

Graphical Display of Data
Organizational Charts

Documents without Treatments
Documents with Treatments
Patent Art

Reproducing Photographs
Multiple Photographs
Use in Video
Bought or Found Photographs

What is Enough?
Repetition and Anticipation

What is Animation?
Types of Animation
The Animation Process
Playing Animation in a Courtroom
Demonstrative v. Substantive
When to Use Animation


Video Crime Scene
Expert Film

Who are Designers?
Types of Designers and Producers
How to Effectively Use a Graphics Provider


Template Design
The Case
The Solution
The Outcome

Using Documents
The Case
The Solution
The Outcome

Explaining Data
The Case
The Solution
The Exhibits
The Outcome

Media Pioneers
The Case
The Solution
The Outcome

Forensic Modeling
The Case
The Solution
The Outcome

Using Humor
The Case
The Solution
The Outcome


Color Modes
Examples of How Technology Influences Art

Bit Map/Vector Art
Bit Map Images

Template Specifications
Templates for Courtboards
Templates for Monitor Exhibits

Scanning Specifications
Scanning Line Art or Documents for Printing
Scanning Line Art or Documents for Monitors

Time Code
Logging Videotape
Linear vs. Nonlinear Editing
Analog vs. Digital

Keeping Track of Exhibits


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