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 You can even post a link to an unpublished instructable if you like, but just remember, please check out the featuring checklist first since this will tell you all of the things that the best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.

any suggestions on my newest?



Posted my second instructable yesterday (1.5y after the first one :o). I was very surprised to see it was featured within 5 minutes of posting though! Is this to encourage newcomers?

Any tips or feedback is welcome and appreciated!


The pictures are clear and everything is well explained. I think a few thing could make it better though.

1. The cover photo could be better, I realize you are trying to show all of the functions of the binary clock but the photo is to cluttered and using one photo instead of four would make it more eye catching.

2. Include a material list in the first or second step.

I realize the post is a month old but i thought you might appreciate the feedback.;)

geekrex2 days ago

How is this instructables ??

Any thing to improve ??

I like a good intro that covers the motivation and explains the what and why, so tick! You've included a video, it has good clear photos, parts list includes links and the steps are pretty clear and straight forward.

If I was being really picky I could say some of the steps can be formatted a little better, but each step is short enough for it not to really matter.

Good work and congratulations on being featured.

please help me, I think my last projesct's steps are perfect. I want to help about it.

Is is: http://www.instructables.com/id/Puzzle-Friendship-...

It's a nice item but the Instructable is heavily dependent on the video instructions. Ideally video should be used to compliment written step-by-step instructions and pictures.

You can also check out the featuring guidelines to get an idea of what the editors look for:


TnComm24 days ago

A penny for your thoughts on how to improve this one:


TnComm TnComm23 days ago
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