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FWIW: Two other examples of interesting instructions I came across recently

by Steve Krause on October 9th, 2014

Both of these are links to things that I have come across just in the last couple of days and I thought I’d share them in the category of “For What It’s Worth.” Both of these show that instructions can be both interesting, useful, accessible, and fun.

First, from the site “The Art of Manliness” (??) comes these instructions for “How to Gird Your Loins.” Ever wonder what that phrase meant? Take a look at this.

Second, there’s this from the website CityLab, “Design That Makes Dry Regulations Come to Life.” It’s about how this group called the Center of Urban Pedagogy creates very user-friendly directions/comics to help people navigate some of the challenges of city life. For example, here’s a pamphlet/comic book about dealing with Housing Court and other legal matters with your landlord (PDF).

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  1. LeeAnne Baumdraher permalink

    CityLab’s “Design That Makes Dry Regulations Come to Life” is a wonderful idea. You have no idea how many times I’ve tried muddling through city ordinates, and didn’t have a clue what I read. Having it simplified makes things a lot easier. I wish this would come to Garden City.

    And girding loins? Haha. I’ve seen it a million times, but never knew what is was called. Now, if I’m ever in the desert during times of war, I’ll know how to throw myself into battle without tripping.

  2. Chelsea Idzior permalink

    The pictures for the “Gird Your Loins” instructions were pretty helpful. Without them, I most likely would have been a little confused on what the heck was going on.

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