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Producing graphics and animations for demonstrative evidence presentations requires collaboration and teamwork.  Our website provides many examples of finished work, but misses the experiences that produced those great visuals.  We blog in an attempt to give you a better feel for the process and efforts that create the graphics.  The DI Blog is designed to share experiences, techniques, ideas, and sometimes instructions about making effective graphics and animations for the courtroom, pretrial hearings, and mediations.  The Art of Litigation blog category is a new place where we can share art created by our talented team.  The idea is to take material created in the formal setting of trial preparation and use that for the building blocks of artwork.  We welcome your comments!

March 27, 2014

Last month I wrote about jurors developing and selecting stories as part of their decision making process.  This month, I’m going to focus on the impact of animations on verdicts.  These topics are closely related because an animation is a powerful story delivery vehicle.  As I mentioned last month, there...

March 10, 2014

Recently I was reviewing background material for a CLE presentation and I came across some papers that are helpful in understanding how jurors render decisions in criminal and civil trials.  I’ll try to summarize some interesting insights extracted from them and provide citations at the end of the article.  If...

February 14, 2014

In my last entry, I promised more details about the unexpected benefits that come from the animation process.   An electrocution case provides a good example.  DI engineers and animators were called on to produce accident scenario animations for a case in Birmingham, Alabama.  The accident involved a municipal worker who...

January 21, 2014

In past blog entries, I have focused on using courtroom visuals, and how these tools leave fact finders with a memorable learning experience.  Much effort has gone into understanding how graphics and animation influence the fact finder’s assessment of information and its memorability (PLOS article, [1]).  In the next several...

December 19, 2013

Many attorneys have attended our CLE presentation on how to effectively use graphics and animation in litigation.  One of the popular features of our presentation is an image memory test.  We show a number of images and ask the CLE participants to recall them later in the presentation.  It’s a...

November 19, 2013

While experts at DI have sponsored the admission of animations in a number of cases, the vast majority of graphics we create are used as demonstrative aids.  These graphics and animations are deployed as tools to teach the jury about the technical aspect of a case, illustrating important details for...

October 14, 2013

For a long time, I thought my memory was like a faulty video camera.  I see things, those events get recorded, albeit somewhat incompletely and the videotapes slowly wear out.  But human memory isn’t like that.  To paraphrase memory expert Elizabeth Loftus, our memories are more like a Wikipedia page. ...

September 30, 2013

You’ve decided that the use of an animation, graphic, or PowerPoint presentation could help better convey the details of your case to a judge and/or jury. The staff at Demonstratives Inc. has been creating graphics for the courtroom since the early 1990s and we are here to share our experiences...

August 13, 2013

Everyone at Demonstratives Inc. takes pride in the work we do. We love assembling bits of complex data and evidence into presentations that promote complete understanding. It’s a grown up form of show-and-tell. As children, we looked forward to our turn at show-and-tell, sharing with our peers our latest discoveries....

March 26, 2013

 The first entry in DI's Art of Litigation blog is an appropriate one.  Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA) is an actor in more of our animations and graphics that any other object, device or molecule.  John Petersen created this beautiful rendition of DNA with molecular renderings of DNA by Jay Lueck.  You...

March 15, 2013

  On January 24, 2013 Carter Reid of Watt, Tieder, Hoffar & Fitzgerald’s McLean, VA office and Robert Preston Brown of Shaw Construction gave a presentation entitled:  “Proving Damages in a Courtroom Using Testimony, Experts and Demonstrative Evidence, Presenting a Delay Claim Case to a Jury.”  The presentation was given...

July 20, 2012

Let’s face it, as technical animation providers we have not exactly fallen in love with PowerPoint. In fact, until PowerPoint 2010, we had not even fallen in like.  But we have learned to embrace it. Why? Because we recognize that although PowerPoint can induce narcolepsy, it is also a convenient...

June 11, 2012

Experts and animators at Demonstratives, Inc. spend most of their time producing courtroom graphics and animations for legal proceedings.  However, recently we had an opportunity to contribute to an exhibit that opened on Memorial Day at the American Precision Museum. “Arming the Union,” a new Civil War exhibit at the...

April 16, 2012

“If it doesn’t fit, you must acquit.”  This famous quote from Johnnie Cochrane, and the image of O.J. Simpson struggling to shove his hand into the dark leather glove is etched into our memory.  When evidence clashes with an expert’s theory, credibility can be destroyed.  Alternatively, when an expert shows...

March 26, 2012

When asked how to reduce the cost of the graphics needed for a litigation presentation, I recall my partner’s observation at the end of a case when our client expressed concerns over the cost.  Dan said, “It would have been less if you had not made us do it three...

January 31, 2012

Simplifying the complex. That’s the task. How to do it accurately, efficiently and effectively? That is the challenge. A 3D animation that DI created for KSR in support of its defense in a landmark patent infringement case, KSR v. Teleflex, provides a good example of how we approach this challenge....

January 25, 2012

A picture may be worth a thousand words, but a legal animation is priceless when it means winning your case. In this blog, I plan to share the lessons we have learned while working with hundreds of legal teams and thousands of legal animations over the years.  I am not...

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Success in the courtroom relies upon the ability to simplify complex evidence and clarify legal arguments. Demonstratives, Inc. (DI) applies sound, scientific principles to every litigation project for a growing variety of case areas, including aviation, biotechnology, construction, engineering, environmental law, ground vehicle, intellectual property (IP), medical devices, and product liability. DI is the preferred provider of 2D graphics and 3D litigation animation nationwide.

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