16 July 2012

Examples of (Good/Bad) Instructions

You need to find an example of instructions, good or bad. So you're looking for a How-To type of article, one that gives a step-by-step on how to complete a specific process.

Paste a link to an example below. Make sure to identify a good or bad point about it too.

This is due Wednesday before class.


  1. http://www.closetcooking.com/2011/10/perfect-grilled-cheese-sandwich.html

    I thought this was great! I loved the voice he decided to use. It was casual, personal, yet informative. He was telling me about the general techniques, and then expanding on that by what he has discovered works best from all of his grilled cheese making experience. The pictures were also beautiful and made me hungry.

    -Nicole Krantz

  2. http://www.nhtsa.gov/people/injury/pedbimot/bike/easystepsweb/

    To think that all these years I've simply put the helmet on my head...life is so much clearer now. Seriously though, I think pictures are the best instructional tools.

  3. http://izismile.com/2009/12/01/oldie_of_the_day_child_care_instructions_28_pics-14.html

    The visuals are so simple, yet so effective. The instructions are also as simple as possible. They have cut out all unnecessary parts.

  4. The above is Bryce Cook

  5. http://www.totieatie.com/windsor.asp

    Beautiful way to tie a tie. The visuals are very clear and I like that they are mirror images. They show what it would look like if you were standing in front of a micro. Other instructions I found were not mirror images making it harder to follow along

    -Andrew Black

  6. I meant, they show what it would look like if you were standing in front of a "mirror", not "micro"

  7. http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/how_to_make_perfect_hard_boiled_eggs/

    I tought these were good instructions except that she over explained some things and included some info that wasn't needed.

    Stephen Kitto

  8. http://www.ikea.com/assembly_instructions/alrik-working-chair__AA-510850-3_pub.PDF

    Pictures were perfect for the entire instruction manual. Words (except for the one page) weren't needed to further explain anything.

    Part of the reason the instruction manual was so straightforward is that the assembly was also straightforward. However, I bet a more complex assembly with this same instruction set-up would be just as helpful.

    My favorite part is the step to throw away a piece.

  9. http://www.bighappiehair.com/images/instructions.png

    Who doesn't love the Utah poof? These instructions are so straightforward, even a guy could do it. It emphasizes the important steps, so you can have perfect volume with your bumpit. It even gives a warning that says "Bumpits are not edible."

    Lexi Nielson

  10. http://www.instructables.com/id/how-to-take-screen-shots/?ALLSTEPS

    If you haven't seen a bad set of instructions - you need to see these! This person's instructions are some of the worst I've seen. They are covered with spelling and grammar issues. Also, they leave a lot of detail out which would allow the reader to easily get lost. If you're looking for instructions on how to take a screen shot - definitely look somewhere else.


  11. http://www.tie-a-tie.net/fourinhand.html

    If you are dying to learn how to tie a tie, here are some good instructions on how to tie a "four in hand" knot for your tie. I like that they explain it three times. Once with pictures and text, then if you are real lazy, they have a video with the same visuals that includes voice over, and lastly they show it to you again with an actual person demonstrating it to you.

  12. http://www.google.com/imgres?hl=en&sa=X&biw=1680&bih=949&tbm=isch&prmd=imvns&tbnid=uVRLB54fEMl9hM:&imgrefurl=http://sarah.geek.nz/blog/2005/08/bad-instructions/&docid=IX1f3Puw5G9gfM&imgurl=http://www.techstandards.com/images/honorable_mention_3_back_05.JPG&w=500&h=800&ei=oAMGULOaGYec2AWJufGWBQ&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=314&vpy=107&dur=20363&hovh=284&hovw=177&tx=114&ty=172&sig=100865740189362780500&page=1&tbnh=139&tbnw=87&start=0&ndsp=40&ved=1t:429,r:1,s:0,i:79

    Wow. I really can't figure out what happened here... These instructions for solving a Rubix cube were written by a large fingered person on a tiny keyboard (hence the multiple typos) with very little sense of hierarchy and flow. It's like someone vomited Rubix cube and typos onto a piece of cardboard.

  13. http://www.ncgraphicarts.com/ryan/other/masterglins.gif

    I like how it has pictures and shows you what to do and tells you clearly as well. I just wish they had it in a clearer order with numbers.

  14. http://www.showmenow.com/?q=showme/gallery&page=14

    Number 10. Great set of instructions! gives you the materials needed. it uses strong verbs and even zooms in to show important details. The illustrations are a plus.

  15. http://www.flickr.com/photos/arkov/4325436435/

    Horrible instructions....
    I wouldn't even know where to start.
    There's no organization or clear steps.

    -Logan Williams

  16. http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-JHDb2YjLKqM/TXqVzLr2l6I/AAAAAAABARQ/F3zRCn3QYfo/s640/diy_paper_plane_03.jpg

    These paper airplane instructions look simple, but when you actually try to make the airplane it gets a lot harder. The diagrams are great and they show crease lines. I feel it would be helpful to have a few succinct words to explain where exactly to fold the paper and explain some steps that are skipped.
    -Dan Nielson

  17. http://s4.hubimg.com/u/1820179_f520.jpg

    This is a really handy way to learn how to make a tie very professional. it could have also used movements instead of static pictures for reference.

  18. http://www.flickr.com/photos/montanaraven/18461280/

    I think they had a good idea going when they decided to use sketches in their instructions, but they completely missed the mark with organization. The arrows are hard to follow and I get lost every time I look at the sheet.

  19. http://helenweselcouch.wordpress.com/2011/02/28/good-and-bad-assembly-instructions/

    I like how the second set of instructions have dashes that show the how things insert into one another.

  20. http://www.pickyourown.org/applepie.php

    This is a good set of instructions because it tells you what to do and has pictures to guide you. It is not great, however, because it does not have enough details.

  21. These are tutorials that my wife used for sewing skirts. The first one is unclear and lacks a lot of details and even refers to things that weren't specified before. The second one is very detailed and has pictures at every step so as to leave no question of what to do. It is completely clear and assumes the reader has only very basic knowledge on the subject.



  22. http://www.ehow.com/how_4878043_cook-pinto-beans.html

    This is a simple set of instructions on how to cook pinto beans. It would be nice if there were some pictures to clear up the more confusing steps.