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As a designer, itâ€™s your responsibility to convey a message to your audience visually. Whether youâ€™re advertising a product or summarizing your companyâ€™s annual earnings, how you arrange your page elements can affect whether your audience understands your message. When you design a how-to article, conveying your message clearly is especially important. So whether youâ€™re designing instructions for building a wooden boat or a manual for using computer hardware or software, if your audience canâ€™t follow along, your projectâ€™s Aa flop. Letâ€™s look at some of the important elements necessary for a successful how-to layout.
Set your goals
Your main objective as a page designer is to lay out pages that are attractiveâ€”but also functional. This becomes an even more essential goal when designing a layout for a how-to article.
The purpose of the editorial part of a how-to article is to explain to readers the necessary steps to complete the project. Oftentimes writers will supply very little text and instead presentâ€”or request that you presentâ€”most of the instruction with visual aids. Thus, it becomes your responsibility to design the article in such a way that readers can follow the project from beginning to end.
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