Look, I’m going to college. I’m a voracious reader, I learned how to read at a young age. I test well. I can whip up an essay in an hour and get an A on it. And honestly, I am a visual learner. At the very least, I can say I’m not an idiot when it comes to general comprehension.
I understand that not everyone reads. Diagrams for instructions can be helpful, I suppose, for these people.
So why the fuck is it that I can’t understand the little fucking pictures?!?!?!
And why is it that so many things have diagrams BUT NOT WORDS ALONG WITH IT? That is the worst thing!
I need to make a copy of a paper, right? So I go to the nearest available machine. It’s a completely different model than the one I’m used to (“used” to using, since I hardly ever use copiers anyway), a lot bigger and has many more doodads and buttons and choices and whatnot. So before I start to use it, I think, “Hey! I’ll look at the nice little step-by-step instructions!”
The first thing I see are these bloody pictures. Okay, FINE. But there’s NO text anywhere. No writing that will say something like, “Lift the lid and place your paper face down along the top left corner” etc. I see these overly-detailed little comics that have absurd colour-coded arrows that apparently have some significance (the colour I mean).
So I see a nice line of about 10 images. All of them look damn near identical with these goddamn arrows pointing to random things on the same picture of the copier. I want to scream, “Jesus Christ, I can’t even understand little pictures!?!?”
Then I swallow my pride and go to the AAC head (the copier is inside the AAC [Academic Achievement Center, for tutoring and whatnot]). I ask her if she could help me, feeling like a complete moron. Then she walks out and stares at the pictures for awhile, and she can’t figure it out either! Eventually we just go to her office, which has a simpler copier that has written instructions if you need them.
Who is drawing these goddamn pictures? I’m assuming it’s people who already know how to use the damn thing perfectly, because the fucking pictures do NOTHING to show you how to use it!
If you’re going to have nice pretty pictures for instructions, make sure to have a goddamn written set along side the goddamn pictures! >: