The Clinic

Welcome to the clinic, a place to get help and constructive criticism on your projects. Here's a brief intro on what it is, written by AngryRedhead:

"Some Instructables don't get the attention that they deserve. Many times the reason boils down to presentation, and if the presentation is off in one way or another, an Instructable might flop no matter how wonderful the project is. The presentation of an Instructable requires a certain set of skills which involve story telling, technical writing, planning, and photography. Even the most experienced technical writers and photographers still benefit from an edit or an outside opinion. As an author, it's difficult to see the flaws and errors because your thoughts and experience fill the gaps that might leave readers puzzled. It happens to every author.

If you feel you have an Instructable that isn't getting the attention that it deserves and you would like some ideas on how to improve its presentation, please post a link to it! We're not here to tear it apart or to tell you that you're the most horrible, stupidester person in the whole wide world. We're here to give you ideas for improvement and hopefully get you more attention and recognition for your project ideas. Think of this like editing or proofreading which is something everyone needs regardless of experience, intellect, and knowledge.

If you would like ideas on taking your idea to the next level and making it bigger and more awesomer, please say that you would like this extra advice. You can even post a link to an unpublished instructable if you like, but just remember, please check out the featuring checklist first since this will tell you all of the things that the best instructables have."

So... that's what this forum topic's for. There's a team of seasoned Instructables authors watching this topic, waiting to give you help!

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Kiteman1 year ago

Starting your first Instructable?

Trying to get more views for an existing project?

You need to read this guide:


Focussed on getting Featured?

You need to be aware of this checklist:


PLEASE, do not reply to this comment - you need to start a fresh top-comment for each new project or problem.

comments here are the opinions of those making the comments, and do not
guarantee that your work will be Featured or win a contest.

ash_doge7 days ago

My mozzarella cheese ible was featured, but I put so much work into this that I'd love to get it on the front page and win the cheese contest. Any feedback? Thanks!


JP'sW16 days ago


I'm shooting for homepage feature on this one, its been getting really good traffic for a category feature and I think it could really soar on the homepage. What can I do to get that spot? I genuinely thought I'd done enough but obviously there is still work to do.



Yonatan24 JP'sW14 days ago

And the newsletter... Congrats!

JP'sW Yonatan2414 days ago

thanks all, very pleased

Just saw it on the homepage. Congrats!

Very nice job, it's hard to find improvements.

One small thing; on my monitor, you can see the background in the first image. The video thumb looks like the same photo, but with an all-black background. This has a lot more punch - I'd try using it for the intro image too.

Sam Freeman16 days ago

Hi, I've had a good response to my latest Instructable, but I'm always looking for ways to improve. Suggestions for what to do next time? Any lingering improvements to this time?



TnComm18 days ago

Would someone please review this Instructable and provide feedback. Thanks in advance:


I hope this email finds you all well and happily building amazing things!

Wanted to touch base with someone in hopes of getting my featured costume build this year featured on your home page! This was my most involved costume build I've done and it was all created from scratch, hand painted, and took over 60+ hours to complete. The Instructable features images that capture the entire process. Obviously there is some strong competition out there, and if the winner is chosen solely via public voting I would love to direct as much attention to it as possible since now (finally) completing it yesterday. I have been posting and documenting the entire build since I started and it features many images/videos along the way.

Any feature or help you might be willing to provide to gain my costume more votes/exposure would be greatly appreciated and helpful! The costume won me $500 this year and I was runner up for a $5,000 cash prize as well in NYC. I am aiming hard at winning Instructables because it would help me with my ultimate goal of getting on the show Face Off. The costume combines custom latex moldings, LED's, various other lighting fixtures, and the "heart pendant" was an adventure to build as well with PC processor fans.

Many thanks in advance and happy building!



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