Friday, November 11, 2011

When a Wonderful Piece of Technical Writing Looks a Little Off

This image is excised out of a random piece of "do it yourself" work found on Scribd. It's a teaser designed to get you to pick up a book about home improvement through craft ideas. Books like this one in particular are a great place to find design and technical writing ideas. Each piece is designed to tell someone how to do something for themselves. That's tough to do well.

This particular preview was designed to market the book and entice people to get involved in making their own home improvement ideas come to life. Putting racing stripes on plain white towels is a great way to add color and detail to a simple bathroom decor. In and of itself, it's a great idea (never mind that you would need a lot of free time to do something like this).

What stands out in this piece is that the mirror appears "off." The appearance of the towels beneath the shelf doesn't line up well with the mirror, which is angled downwards a bit. In the context of the bathroom, that's perfectly fine. But when presented here, it just throws the angle off and makes me wonder, "why didn't someone fix that?"

Racing Stripe Towel Project From Fresh American Spaces

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