Instructional Design

It may be a screen-based or print-based graphic design where it teaches an individual “how something works” or how they may “do something.” It usually involves simpler graphics and a small colour scheme to emphasise the important sections. This helps the user to easily identify what the instruction is without confusion or complicated analysis. Another important characteristic is that there is usually less to no text as it is graphic based for a wider appeal to all audiences.


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  1. This simple graphic teaches the user how to make a paper sailboat. It sticks to two main colours and a close emphasis on the subject with numbered steps to assist user.

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2. This is an instructional made by iKEA of a table made from iKEA magazines. This lists the tools needed and simple graphics to explain the process.

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3. This simple graphic instructional is teaching users how to successfully tie a knot. This process would not need text as it may be complicated to word/describe exactly what the steps are. This is where images are needed to be more efficient in serving its purpose.


  1. Wessels, M. (2008). Communication Design. Available: Last accessed 8th May 2017.
  2. Source: oldmammoth. (2014). a table made from every single page of an IKEA catalogue. Available: Last accessed 8th May 2017.
  3. Zaric, J. (). Vector – Vector tie and knot instruction, Windsor tie knot. Available: Last accessed 8th May 2017.