Seatle et al v. Purvis et al: Medical Legal Visualization
Knowledge Gap: How can a Canadian jury best understand the complex sequence of events that led to shoulder dystocia prior to the delivery of baby Connor Seatle?
Design Solution: Create a timeline showing the events between pre-labour and delivery, while visually emphasizing key events to enhance storytelling.
Project Details: This panel was produced as a group project for a medical legal visualization course in the Biomedical Communications program. It was intended to support the defendant (Purvis et al) who claims to have followed the correct standard of care when delivering Connor Seatle.
Dr. Leila Lax
Print (30" x 80")
Our group was given a court document describing the case of Seatle et al v. Purvis et al. After familiarizing ourselves with the case, we did our own research on obstetric procedures and terminology, such as: fundal height, fetal stations, presence of caput, mityvac application, and shoulder dystocia. There were no radiographic images or visuals accompanying this case. Therefore, we based all of our visualizations on expert witness testimonies from the case file and our own research.
As a group, we decided that I would do the sketches for event A and B, Amy Cao would do the sketches for event C, and Tracy Xang would do the sketches for event D. Initially, this plan helped us figure out how we wanted to position the baby relative to the mother's body, but the problem was our different drawing styles. Thinking about how to standardize the design of the baby and the mother, top create a more efficient workflow, we came up with the following plan:
New Sketches: While using all of our sketches as references, Amy Cao created a new set of sketches for stages A, B, C and D.
Colouring Blocking: I then colour-blocked the different sections of the images according to the style sheet, and put them onto separate layers in photoshop.
Rendering: Tracy Xang then worked on the photoshopped files to add light, shadow and colour variation to the images.
Adjustments: Amy Cao then made adjustments to the rendered images to ensure the proportions of each element looked realistic.
Final Rendering: I added fine detail to the rendered images to add more shape and three-dimensional quality to the individual elements.
Touch-Ups: We reviewed each image both as a group and individually, making any final adjustments we felt were necessary.
Our group reviewed the case file multiple times to identify the most important events that would need to be communicated on the timeline. Four events were selected which we felt needed to be emphasized and further described through visual storytelling. We developed a style sheet outlining the design plan, and we then experimented with multiple revisions of the layout. We frequently met with our Client, Dr. Lax, for feedback throughout the entire duration of the assignment.
A = Amy Cao C = Contessa Giontsis T = Tracy Xang