The SlideDeck is available here

Equipment & Software

  • Epson PowerLite HD Projector – This is the projector we use for our presentations. It had great reviews at Amazon (4.4 stars), and has proven to be a reliable workhorse. Every law firm should own its own projector, especially if the lawyers want to get adept at trial presentation. Even if you’re going to hire someone to do your trial presentations you still need to practice. Having a projector is now indispensable, and if you’re going to get one you should get one that’s reliable and puts out a lot of light.
  • Epson Duet 80″ Screen – configurable for 4×3 or 16×9 aspect ratio. Portable, versatile, and solid.
  • Apple iPad – You need the 2nd generation or later to do wireless presentations (see below equipment that is required to do wireless presentations). The 16 GB model is sufficient, but we recommend the 32 GB model if you can spare the extra $100.
  • TrialPad – This iPad app was discussed in the program, and recommended because it’s easy to use for trial display (and less expensive than Sanction or Trial Director). The same folks who make TrialPad also make a deposition review app called TranscriptPad, which we also recommend for managing transcripts.
  • AppleTV (newer model) – if you want to wirelessly connect your iPad (or iPhone) to your projector then this is a critical piece of the puzzle. You’ll also need to set up a local wireless network, and you’d do that with the Apple Airport Express ($99).
  • Apple Keynote – if you own a Mac computer then you should be using Keynote, and not Powerpoint. Keynote has better themes and transitions, and makes it easy to create well designed presentations.
  • Tutorial on Apple Keynote – only $4.99 but a comprehensive video that will teach you how to get the most out of your Keynote software.
  • AirParrot – software that allows you to project wirelessly from your computer (works with Mac or PCs)

Written Materials

Below are some of the best books to learn the important “visual grammar,” design and typography principles you should be aware of. Some of these are available in electronic form. However, for the design and typography books it’s best to get them in print form because the display is not good in the Amazon Kindle version (the Apple iBook versions are acceptable, but still less preferable). The materials denoted with an asterisk (*) are highly recommended.

1. Law specific Persuasion & Powerpoint articles

  • Powering Powerpoint – Attorney Craig Ball’s article on how to use Powerpoint in litigation.
  • Cogent Legal Blog – San Francisco attorney Morgan Smith litigated complex cases; his blog is about trial graphics tips.

2. Cognition Principles

3. Design Principles

4. Typography Principles

5. Developing “Visual Thinking”

6. Presentation Principles

7. Examples of Visuals (to learn from)

  • Movie: Inconvenient Truth, Al Gore (assisted by Nancy Duarte) – put aside politics and just study how visuals are used to support an argument; this is a Master Class conducted by Nancy Duarte, who crafted all of the visuals that Al Gore uses.
  • Hidden Gorilla – Selective Attention Demonstrated

8. Online Sources for Images

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