Bad Instructions – Playing Card Wallet


  • The word laminate.  Typed small and some people might not know what the word means.
  • The pictures were not clear because they were printed in grey (black & white).
  • What kind of tape works the best?
  • The size of the pieces of tape.
  • Three of the pictures need words (a description).
  • Write more and not just rely on pictures (balance of words and images).
  • DIfferent “camera angles” might help.
  • Video might work better. More angles. Also, you could see the process.
  • The folding wasn’t clear.
  • Steps are not numbered.  What’s the right order?
  • More arrows might help.
  • Some words would help to describe the pictures.
  • Third and seventh pictures should be more descriptive.  

What’s Wrong With These Instructions?


  • No words(1 short sentence per picture)
  • Colour (the colours blend; the diagrams are not clear)
  • No hands. How do you hold the tie?
  • What length should each side be?
  • There are some missing steps.
  • What side do you start with?  The fat side or the skinny side?
  • The arrows are unclear; that’s confusing.
  • Only one angle: if you showed the ties from different angles it might be easier to understand.
  • Video would be better. This is a moving process.  Video would show that.
  • Make the pictures bigger.  It’s hard to see where it’s trying to go.
  • Number the steps. Keeps the reader organized.
  • Bold pictures help the reader to see and understand.
  • Finished product.  What should it look like at the end?