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Templates Business terms first Published: 17 Oct 2019 Type: Templates "Business terms first" is design pattern to organize contract content so that core commercial terms (the "active terms") are presented first, and other, "passive terms", only later. This distinction, introduced by the IACCM, is based on whether the term requires resources or actio...
Templates Chronological order Published: 17 Oct 2019 Type: Templates
Templates Clause summaries Published: 27 Mar 2019 Type: Templates Clause summaries are short, plain language summaries placed next to the original clauses throughout the contract. This design pattern helps users read through the contract faster and understand its key points better.
Templates Comic contracts Published: 17 Oct 2019 Type: Templates Comic contracts are a new genre of legally binding contracts, in which parties are represented by characters, the terms of the agreement are captured in pictures, and parties sign the comic as their contract.
Templates Companion icons Published: 17 Oct 2019 Type: Templates Companion icons are simple graphic symbols placed next to a textual element (e.g. headings, subheadings, paragraphs to represent the meaning or function of the text they accompany and signal where to find a specific piece of information.
Templates Contract document map Published: 28 Mar 2019 Type: Templates A contract document map is a design pattern used to identify and show the overall information architecture and degree of complexity of contract documents – e.g. how many pages the contract is made of, which documents are (or are not) part of the contract documents, where in the set...
Templates Conversational style Published: 15 Oct 2019 Type: Templates Conversational style is a writing style that differs from customary contract prose. Instead of being formal and impersonal, it makes a contract sound more like a conversation. For example, instead of calling the parties by their official names or their roles, it calls them “you” an...
Templates Delivery diagram Published: 27 Mar 2019 Type: Templates Delivery diagrams are a design pattern to represent visually key aspects of the terms of delivery of goods. For example, it illustrates when and where delivery takes place and when the cost and risk are transferred.
Templates FAQ-style headings Published: 16 Oct 2019 Type: Templates FAQ-style headings is a design pattern where headings are formulated as a question. They can be questions that contract readers frequently ask contracts experts.
Templates Flowchart Published: 27 Mar 2019 Type: Templates A flowchart represents, in a step-by-step fashion, a workflow or a process described in a contract. It is a design pattern to support explanation, decision-making, and problem-solving. It allows viewers to identify how the combination of different conditions or events can lead to d...
Templates Highlights Published: 27 Mar 2019 Type: Templates Highlights are design patterns aimed at giving visual prominence to key passages, clauses, or terms in the contract. Text can be given visual prominence through typography, for example by using a different typeface, typesize, color, or boldface, or by using visual elements close to...
Templates Icon system Published: 17 Oct 2019 Type: Templates Icons used systematically within a document to signal content about a particular theme, or content requiring a higher level of attention.
Templates Prominent section start Published: 17 Oct 2019 Type: Templates A bold heading or panel, often starting a new page, that makes it clear that a new section is starting.
Templates Skimmable headings Published: 17 Oct 2019 Type: Templates Frequent, highly visible headings that stand out so the reader can move quickly through a document to understand its structure and access its content. There should be one for each clause or paragraph, acting as a layered explanation. They do not necessarily replace conventional hie...
Templates Swimlanes Published: 17 Oct 2019 Type: Templates Swimlanes are used to show how roles, rights, tasks, responsibilities, obligations, liabilities or remedies are distributed between different parties. In this design pattern, each party’s area of responsibility is represented by a column, or lane, where the items are assigned. Shar...
Templates Table Published: 14 Oct 2019 Type: Templates
Templates Table of contents Published: 16 Oct 2019 Type: Templates A table of contents is a list of all the documents, sections, and clauses included in the contract. This design pattern helps contract readers (but also writers) to get quickly an idea of what a contract comprises, and get to know where a specific contractual topic is addressed.
Templates Term sheet Published: 15 Oct 2019 Type: Templates A term sheet is a summary document containing the key terms of a contract. It provides an overview of the most important commercial and other terms of a transaction or relationship. These documents can take different forms, depending on the context, type of deal, and industry. They...
Templates Timeline Published: 16 Oct 2019 Type: Templates Timelines represent time or duration, a series of steps or processes taking place within a given timeframe, or a sequence of events. This design pattern helps explain processes described in a contract by illustrating the steps that need to be taken, when, and in what order.
Templates User guide format Published: 17 Oct 2019 Type: Templates User guides are organised around practical tasks, and are formatted to support action. Good user guides use other design patterns from this library: for example, clear layout, skimmable headings, numbered steps, companion icons, icon systems and other visualisations.


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