Visual Contracts

…even highly educated people and [judges] perform better with a visual contractStefania Passera

© 2014 Stefania Passera

Imagine a world where your contract is…

  • A device to increase chances of closing a sale
  • A document that can be used by sales team and operations
  • A map for the relationship with your client
  • A tangible demonstration of your values as a business

Checklist Legal loves the ideas of Helena Haapio who outlines that we can make a contract into a tool for business action and communication, to create usable, living contracts that promote, facilitate and guide desired action and help manage change.

Have a look at some of Checklist Legal’s posts about visual contracts here or check out @ChecklistLegal on Instagram (#visualcontracts) for a taste of visual contracts.


Helena Haapio

Helena Haapio is Checklist Legal’s favourite academic and advocate for visual contracts. She has authored, edited and/or co-authored nine books (some in English and some in Finnish) as well as presenting at many conferences and writing for law journals. Below are some of my favourites:

© 2014 Stefania Passera, Helena Haapio & Michael Curtotti, and it would be best if a link to the original source is reported:

© 2014 Stefania Passera, Helena Haapio & Michael Curtotti

Stefania Passera

Stefania Passera is an academic and designer who has conducted really interesting studies into visual contracting and user centered contract design.

© 2014 Stefania Passera

© 2014 Stefania Passera

Conscious Contracts

A short video which introduces the concept of Conscious Contracts – contracts which seek to build ongoing relationships and take people, planet and profit into account.

aim of conscious contracts

Credit: Sketch Thinking

Mapping document information

Information Mapping offers a paid service (no affiliation to Checklist Legal) for mapping documents but they also have some great before and after examples which will inspire you as well as a document test so you can test out how much faster visual documents are rather than text based.

Info mapping

Credit: Information Mapping

Agree Visually

Agree Visually is another consulting company offering services to visualise text based documents and contracts. The have some great examples which will inspire you.

Agree Visually

Credit: Agree Visually