I wrote this set of instructions for a Technical Writing course (WR 327, Oregon State University).
The prompt was to carefully and succinctly communicate a task we knew well (using no more than 14 steps). I received perfect marks on this assignment.
I first submitted a project proposal to my instructor for authorization. This proposal detailed:
After obtaining authorization, I wrote an initial draft of the instructions. I then performed a usability test in which I asked a peer to follow the instructions without further demonstration or direction from myself. I observed and made note of where my peer got stuck throughout the process. I then used these actionable insights to make usability improvements to the instructions prior to final submission.
To generate the images, I took photos with my phone and traced them using a drawing app on a tablet.
Once the content (images, warnings, item list, etc.) was generated, I used a document design program to layout the instructions in an intriguing and easy-to-follow way.
Please view the instructions below, or click here to download them as a printable pdf.