Instruction manuals are commonplace in everyone’s daily life. Unfortunately, not all instruction manuals are created equal and some cause difficulty and confusion. Graphics are an important supplement to any set of instructions, but what are the key components that add strength to a set of instructions?
Simple colours and an exploded view add to a user’s concept of how each individual component fits together.
Translucency allows the user to see inside of a complex carburetor system. Colours indicate fuel, air and exhaust respectively, while arrows provide an understanding of the flow and overall process taking place within.
The black outline of the ski boot show its static form while a translucent green overlay supplemented with an arrow and angle measurement allows the user to understand the design of the boot allowing for flex in both forward and backward directions.
The ability of a graphic to depict how system works is dependant on how well it depicts the key aspects of a system. Use of colour, transparency and direction are key factors to consider when creating an instructional graphic.