Hat Trick

Litigation Consultants wear many hats to make you look good.   Yeah, I know. I know.  I’ve combined a couple clichés in there but here’s the thing.  It’s true.  One aspect of a litigation consultant’s job is to make you look good in front of the jury, judge, arbiters –whomever.  Another is, they also wear many hats.  They help you design, collect, gather, organize, develop the evidence into a cogent, make sense kind of manner for different audiences.  They are “peace of mind” makers, confidence builders, and even students working to become teachers (of the subject matter of each case).  Chances … Read the rest

I Reviewed It Because You Didn’t Watch It – SOTU Enhanced View Live Blog


As I sit here in front of my television, geeked out for the SOTU (that’s State of the Union to you Washington outsiders), I’ve got my laptop in front of me. I’ll be watching the “enhanced version” provided by the White House that will supplement the president’s speech with graphics and charts. I figured I’d live blog it for the rest of you Political and Design geeks out there.

I constantly preach to my clients to borrow ideas from everyday life. I have a feeling this enhanced version will have more than enough ideas to borrow for Openings, Closings … Read the rest

Would-be activists, can you read this?

That’s the question Google should have been asking before posing the question “Congress, can you hear us?” in their SOPA protest infographic. The content is, for the most part, unintelligible without downloading the file first. Doesn’t that undermine the effectiveness of a protester’s inforgraphic? (This is where I’d give you the textbook definition of “infographic”, but Wikipedia.com is shut down today in protest of the SOPA bill.)

All I can decipher from Google’s creation is that there seems to be some ground swell of people (over 3MM now) yelling at a computer. Without being able to make out the words, you … Read the rest

Graphic of the Day – Death and Taxes

Waiting for Jess Bachman’s Death and Taxes poster to come out every year is sort of like the Superbowl event for political and infographic junkies (we’re a small breed). He packs in 1,000′s of pages of information into one incredible 24 x 36 poster. Learn exactly how we’re spending the largest U.S. Government budget ever.… Read the rest

Graphic of the Day

Anyone who has spent time with me and my friends at Core knows that most of us are technology geeks (and proud of it). That’s why this nifty interactive graphic at The Atlantic interests me (and my colleagues) so much. We love talking about phones and the apps that make them amazing. And why not? They’re an essential tool in our chest that helps us to sooth our clients nerves, knowing we’re available to put out fires anywhere, anytime.

So, do you go against the grain of your state? Share this link on Facebook (below) and let us know.… Read the rest

Careful Who You Hire To Do Your Photoshop Project

Worst Photoshop Job... EVERActually, maybe the headline should read “Careful Who Hires YOU to do a Photoshop Project”, considering the employer is Syria’s brutal dictator.

We’ve been preaching at Core for years to hire designers on recommendation. At the very least check your designer’s portfolio. You do not want to show up to court with a 5th grade level Photoshop job for one of your exhibits. Or in this case, have it show up on your state-controlled news outlet.

[Gawker]… Read the rest

What the New Cigarette Warnings Mean for Your Case

After years of threatening to do so, the FDA has finally pulled the trigger on “shocking” package warnings. If you haven’t seen them yet, have a look-see here.

They won’t be hitting your local convenience store or corner news stand until September of 2012 at the latest. But make no mistake, they will be impacting your case shortly after (and not just Big Tobacco cases).

The shift is on for visual warnings. No longer are words alone deemed “strong enough” to get the point across. Saying “cigarettes cause cancer” simply in black and white is not enough. The FDA believes manufacturers must now show a cancerous legion on … Read the rest

Graphic of the Day

Weinergate EffectIn the (fictional) case of Twitter v. Anthony Weiner, the Plaintiff’s have one hell of a case against Rep. Weiner and his contribution to their lost wages. OK, maybe I should leave the lawyering to you all and I’ll stick to making pretty graphics.
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The Worst PowerPoint in the World

I constantly hear from attorneys that they would like to create their own PowerPoints, especially for their small cases. But they shy away from it because they’re certain they’ll create the worst presentation… ever. Well fear not ladies and gentlemen, a champion has been crowned.

InFocus held a contest to give away one of their projectors to the winner. The entries were so horrendous, they gave TWO away. I highly recommend checking the entries out. You’ll instantly feel better about your own design abilities and ideas. Also be sure to check their short post on designing PowerPoints. There’s some useful tips and tricks … Read the rest

How Would Mitt Romney’s PPT Hold up in Court?

NOTE: This post will NOT focus on politics. Go read Huffington Post for that. I’ll be focusing on a presentation being used by a politician.

I had to put out that disclaimer in the front, because I realize most of the country is turned off by politics. Living and working near DC, it’s hard to ignore politics. It’s the business of the area and seems to be a part of just about every one’s lives around here, just as showbiz rules LA, and heart attacks & cardiovascular disease rule Houston. So when I heard Mitt Romney gave a speech … Read the rest

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