2022 Contract Design Challenge: Best Concept & Winning Team!

contract design education & training Dec 09, 2022

The Contract design is a challenge hosted every year by Legal Creatives for its members, with the goal of combining both the necessity of legal accuracy and the importance of user experience. The primary goal of contract design is to create an agreement that is not only legally enforceable, but also fair and transparent, and easy to process and understand.

The challenge lies in balancing practicality and creativity when it comes to designing contracts that can be read and understood quickly while still meeting all legal requirements. Many components must be considered when creating agreements, including layout and design, language and tone of voice, as well as including necessary detail that is important for any contract.

For the 2022 challenge, Legal Creatives provided all the tools, material, and resources in place to support memebrs as they went through the Contract Design challenge. The focus this time around was on framing the relationships positively in the contract design, with transparency and fairness, through the use of visual elements and modern legal writing! 

Amongst the resource given were:

βœ… Techniques to eliminate cognitive load by using a visual approach for contracts, which makes information easier to consume and use, without compromising quality and legal precision

βœ… Tools to obtain superior comprehension for readers in terms of speed and accuracy, including non-native speakers.

βœ… Proven frameworks to enhance trust in business relationships by bringing more transparency and fairness through the use of visual elements in contracts. 

Congrats to all the participants who've participated in this challenge:

Alexandra Varla, (Greece πŸ‡¬πŸ‡·)

Akin Sanda (Nigeria πŸ‡³πŸ‡¬)

Cecilia Ferrari (Argentina πŸ‡¦πŸ‡·)

Heleen Knaap (Neeherlands πŸ‡³πŸ‡±)

Ivonne Corredor (Colombia πŸ‡¨πŸ‡΄)

Sarah Sheehan (UK πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§)

Shunashi Altamirano (Mexico πŸ‡²πŸ‡½)

Team 1 with Heleen Knaap and Ivonne Corredor wan the 2022 Contract Design Challenge with their sleek and modern design  In order to create a new privacy statement, they first did user research, gaining insights into how users of the privacy statement perceived it and used it.  Based on the insights obtained, they created a new privacy statement with an effort to present the information in a way that makes it easier to understand and navigate through.

The final design gives users many benefits compared to the traditional block of text: Readers have the opportunity to decide for themselves what they want to read and when they want more explanation about a specific subject. The text is presented using plain language with a more direct and friendly tone of voice. Icons are used to display the subject matter of a particular item at a glance. The information is categorized to break large pieces of information into smaller pieces with bullet points and tables that help refine that categorization further. With the new statement, Ivonne and Heleen won the “Best Contract Design Concept”. πŸ† 

Did you miss the Contract Design Showcase? You can visit the Gallery Space in the Metaverse in the Legal Creatives Community hub and see all the Contract Design concepts! 

Congrats once again to all the participants of the 2022 Contract Design Challenge. It was really special! πŸ’― πŸŽ‰