Tribal Law Exchange: Reflections on the Multidisciplinary Design Process of Creating an Online Resource of American Indian Tribal Legal Materials

By Delphine Keim and Aimee Graham.

Published by The Design Collection

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This paper discusses the design process of an online library of legal materials related to American Indian tribal justice systems. A multidisciplinary team embarked on an NSF sponsored project aiming to develop the infrastructure and user interface for a comprehensive online resource for researchers and practitioners of tribal law. The project was complex in many ways, including: culturally, disciplinarily, in terms of media, and in terms of content. For the designers on the Tribal Law Exchange team, the value of the multidisciplinary experience extends well beyond the project. Thinking about design in collaboration with people from other disciplines allowed the team to brainstorm, test and revise a broader range of ideas—each with distinct perceptions about how end users might benefit. While it was not a direct route to the end result, the process led to better solutions for the user interface. It has also led to an understanding of how to embark on the next multidisciplinary project. Ultimately this shared experience will advance understanding of how to embrace the recursive nature of the design process, and communicate effectively with ‘designers’ from other disciplines.

Keywords: Design Process, Visual Communication, Multidisciplinary Teams, Multicultural Design

Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal, Volume 2, Issue 3, pp.1-6. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 645.334KB).

Delphine Keim

Associate Professor, College of Art & Architecture, Department of Art & Design, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID, USA

Delphine Keim-Campbell coordinates the graphic design area at the University of Idaho. Her scholarly activity includes designing for interdisciplinary grant projects and the creation of award-winning graphic design for her clients. She holds a BFA from the University of Arizona and a MFA from Kent State University.

Aimee Graham

Graduate Student, College of Art & Architecture, Department of Art & Design, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID, USA

Aimee Graham received her Master’s of Fine Art from the Department of Art and Design at the University of Idaho. She is actively freelancing as a graphic designer and creative consultant. Her research/creative activity focus includes information design and design process. She also holds a BA Degree in Art from Gonzaga University.

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