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 You can even post a link to an unpublished instructable if you like, but just remember, please check out the featuring checklist first since this will tell you all of the things that the best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

https://www.instructables.com/id/how-to-write-a-gre...

Focussed on getting Featured?

You need to be aware of this checklist:

https://www.instructables.com/community/Featuring-C...

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

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

Would love some advice on how to get featured on the homepage; here is the link to my I'ble. I thought I covered all the bases so would appreciate the constructive criticism :) Here's the link:

https://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Turn-a-Photo-Into-a-Pop-Art-Inspired-Servin/

A homepage feature typically requires well written instructions, a relevant title and a particularly beautiful cover image.. as well as a little bit of luck!

I think your cover image would benefit from having more of a focus on the serving tray, I'd have it much larger in the frame without the other "clutter" around it.

Thanks ThirdEarthDesign; I put your recommendations into use in my next post and made the Homepage!!!!!!

This is my first instructable and I am wondering how to improve it. Any thoughts?

https://www.instructables.com/id/100-Dollar-Underwater-Photography-and-Video-Rig/

What makes it waterproof? You should go into more detail on why you do each step, and what is the purpose of each material choice.

Hey doc,

Here is my newest 'ible! i am not sure how I have done because doodling in itself is something vague and really hard to explain. But I tried my best. Any yips please?

https://www.instructables.com/id/Floral-Doodled-Sy...

Also thanks a lot for this platform! You guys are doing a great job assisting beginners like me. Thank you so much for your time and effort.


I commented more on the Instructable, but the other thing I wanted to add here was to add some extra pics for the "filler designs".

You have a really good layout to show all the different designs you can draw, and how they fit together, but then you just give a list of different ways of filling the designs. Make the filler steps have awesome pictures as well, it would really help the unimaginative artsy folk (me xD) see whats what!

Good job!

I will do that ASAP! Thanks!

Hi. I have posted this instructable( https://www.instructables.com/id/Smartphone-Operate... ) yesterday. I had to make a lot of effort to make it . The idea is completely real and works effectively.I want to get it featured and want make it appear in the homepage and win ongoing microcontroller contest.

Please give me some advice and tips regarding this instructable.

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