The Beauty of Data: How to Use Adobe Illustrator with Excel to Show Complex Data for Litigation


Most people don’t find data beautiful, but it really can be. I am definitely not talking about endless pages of numbers, but rather about data that is visualized in an appealing manner, which actually can be an exciting and powerful work of art. Complex data, when arranged in understandable ways, can reveal patterns that simply cannot be known and understood until you see them. In a recent case, Cogent Legal was hired to create the visuals for a highway defect case that involved a large amount of accident history data for a one-mile section of road. When I heard that the state produced the data in an Excel format, I was excited because I knew what could be done with such data using Adobe Illustrator. This article shows how to use these tools to transform a data overload into a coherent visual statement.

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