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Updated May 2020
Transcend's Legal Icons
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Legal Icons: The Story
As readability and translation experts, we know that icons play a key role in communication. Imagine our surprise when we discovered that the legal industry did not have its own standardized set of universal icons. Our graphic artists took inspiration from existing universal icon sets (AIGA’s travel icons and SEGD’s healthcare icons) and created this… ta-da… very FIRST set of universal icons for the legal professions. These legal icons are free, field-tested, and easy to use for print and web. Use them to help make your legal information and signage more accessible and unified.
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Meet the Design Team
It didn't take long for Tanu to realize that health, travel, and design professionals each had their own set of universal icons. "Why didn't legal professionals?," she asked. What you see is what happened after she put her head together with fellow Transcend designers Kimberly Losenara and Nicole Newman.
Kimberly jumped at the chance to create the first set of universal icons for legal professionals. As a designer specializing in iconography and consumer apps, this was the perfect challenge. Make something highly visual, useful, and fast! As an immigrant, what could be better than helping others LEPs and native English speakers decode legalese and find their way around the courtroom.
Pretty icons are one thing, but what do consumers make of them? That's the real challenge. So Maria and her team took the icons through 3 rounds of field testing asking people simply what they thought they meant - no coaching, no prompting, no help. Some of the icons had to be revised. Some needed major overhauls. We worked on all of them until we could get almost all consumers to immediately connect with the intended meaning.
Nicole made these icons usable for you. Take your pick: White on black or black on white. With or without a border. There are other graphics you can use, too. Check out our plain language graphics.