This photo essay illustrates some of the good and bad aspects of Instructional Design. I stumbled upon these designs either on the internet or in malls and other places to learn how effective instructions can be.

  1. French press coffee instructions
    I liked the background and theme of the instruction, which gives me the feeling of coffee and beans. The elegant and fresh typeface coupled with highlighting of important words like the measurements, helps the user to know what’s more important. Titling every step in bold and providing a relevant clipart beside it, helps the user to visualize the step easily.
  2. Chemex Brewing guide
    The Chemex brewing guide is just good in its looks but not in its motive of effective communication. The inconsistent orientation of the text and its description, and the non-intuitive navigation creates makes it difficult to understand the process. Had both these factors given a user-centered thought, the recipe would have been far more appealing and comprehensible.
  3. Easy Prep instructions
    The easy prep instructions is a succinct guide for preparing fries. With every step’s title in bold red and its description in black, the blocks catch the eye of the user and ensure each step’s separation.
  4. Philips Norelco Beard trimmer instructions

    Trimmer user guide (English)


    Trimmer user guide (Spanish)

    Recently I ordered a Philips Norelco trimmer and also received its user guide. The guide, with its clean and well organized instruction set, served a useful purpose of assisting the user. I could easily assemble and use the trimmer even with the text based instructions. It also had the same instructions in Spanish on back side of the paper. Good use of resources there Philips!

  5. 000 emergency

    The pool safety instructions design shown in the the picture is one of the most communicative design I’ve seen. Designing for saving someone’s life would require the most critical thought process, and the flyer is an excellent example of such comprehensive design. With its bold titles, intuitive navigation and effective visualization, the flyer design ensures the safety of risked people by explaining the salvation process in a very simple manner. 
  6. How to tie a knot?
    One of the simplest illustration of ‘how to tie a knot’, though Black and White, makes it indeed easy for the reader to learn tying a knot. Explaining the step with its relevant adjoining picture, the design helps in retaining and recalling the steps quickly.

After looking at the different aforementioned designs, I believe that few of their important aspects could be incorporated in the Flying Fruit Fantasy’s instructional Design. The navigation of steps, the scope of the process (Start and End), bold and bigger titles, use of apt pictures beside the description, and highlighting the important metrics in the description can enhance the comprehensiveness and appeal of the final designs.


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