Sang’s Midnight Ride

Would you drive through a blizzard in the name of client service?

I’ve been on a trial in New Brunswick, New Jersey for about 3 weeks and have been using a tried and true board vendor to satisfy the needs of a busy, board-loving trial team. I’ve known Sang Lee from Fast Signs in Philadelphia for a while now, having called on him regularly to make our trial boards during a three year serial pharma litigation in Atlantic City.

Sang’s the kind of guy who goes out of his way, literally, to deliver the goods. He’d schlep the  … Read the rest

Infographics on Steroids

A little bird told me this the other day:  Next time you want to reboot the way we show quantitative information, I recommend a thought-provoking stroll through the Infographics section of  GOOD is the interesting printed newsletter they’ve given away for free at Starbucks every now and then.

Just a couple of neat ones … but really, you should explore.

Most Popular Infographics of 2009

Transparency: Who is Coming to America?

Flight Delays

Side Note: the “Flight Delays” page is interactive, but it also has a link to the flat.html version of the same image … a  … Read the rest

Book Review: Beyond Bullet Points

After 5 years in print, I finally read Beyond Bullet Points (second edition) by Cliff Atkinson. I don’t know what I was expecting exactly, or why I initially resisted reading it. Maybe because in my legal graphics world, using PowerPoint all day every day to (try to) design graphics and presentations that engage, I’d already subscribed to “less is more” and the evils of bullet points. But I can tell you, that’s no reason to not read this book.

What was most interesting, to me anyway, was Atkinson’s recount of the first Vioxx trial in Angleton, TX, where he created  … Read the rest

Becoming slightly detached.

Email is a great thing. It’s tried and true, and I couldn’t live without it. Despite Google’s claim that Google Wave will make email obsolete, I think it’s safe to say that it will be around for a while. All of that being said, it does have its limitations.

I recently received a case-related email with over 100 individual photos attached. It nearly brought Thunderbird to its knees – and I can only imagine the hacking, wheezing, coughing and choking that would have occurred in Outlook. I even had trouble accessing the files via a webmail interface. Frankly, I was  … Read the rest

Hey wow! A virtual CD. Just what I never wanted.

For anyone taking data back and forth to court, there is very little argument that the little USB powered drives that now hold up to 1TB are the greatest thing to happen since McDonalds slapped an extra piece of bread in the middle of a double cheeseburger and poured Thousand Island dressing on it.  Being able to palm the entire document, demonstrative and video population for a huge trial is a dream come true.

For whatever reason, the manufacturers of these drives have decided since there is a 100% positive reaction from consumers to crapware on PCs, that they’d load  … Read the rest