The Art of the Instruction Manual
One of the best examples of an early instruction manual is that for the Kodak Box Brownie camera, one of the first cameras produced. “The document is very beautiful. It tells you how to load the film but it also gives you advice about how to take a picture,” Mark Miodownik, director of the Institute of Making at University College London, told the BBC back in 2009.
Along with detailed technical information for operating the camera, there is guidance on how to take good photographs, from capturing the optimum portrait to considering the effect of the weather (from “bright sun” to “cloudy dull”) or even how light or dark an interior wall colour is.
From “Inside the World of Instruction Manuals” by Helene Schumacher for the BBC
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