Manuals are designed to help us understand products or carry out tasks effectively. They typically contain a lot of text, making it difficult to quickly find the right information. Visual language can help to solve this problem. In this blog we explain the added value and advantages of using visual language in manuals.
A picture says more than a thousand words
The phrase "A picture says more than a thousand words" came into existence for a reason. After all, visual language provides a powerful tool that allows us to pass on complex information in an easy and understandable way. The same applies to manuals. A picture can clearly show how a product works, how it should be used or how a specific task should be carried out.
Visual Language – Avoid misunderstandings by using images
One of the main advantages of using visual language in manuals is that it can prevent misunderstandings. Text can be confusing and even cause misinterpretation. An image, however, can clearly show how to carry out a specific task. An instruction, for example, is easier to understand when an image has been added, showing the specific part that should be used.
Improving user experience
Creating the best possible user experience is critical for any product. By using visual language effectively it can be drastically improved. Images and graphics allow the user to quickly understand how a product works and how they should use it. This improves the user experience and will therefore increase user satisfaction.
Increasing efficiency by using visual language
Visual language can also increase efficiency. Manuals tend to be long and complex. As a result, users spend a lot of time looking for the information they need. Visual language can help to solve this problem. Images, tables and graphics allow the user to quickly find the information they need, without having to skim through large portions of text.
Multiple languages and language proficiency levels covered
Visual language can also be useful for users who are less proficient in the language in which the manual was written. Images are typically easier to understand than text and can help to bridge language gaps. Pictures and illustrations can also be used to present information on different levels. By using them effectively, complex instructions can be simplified drastically.
Using visual language in manuals can also help to reduce costs. Translating a manual can be time-consuming and expensive. Using visual language effectively eliminates the need for text and therefore reduces translation costs.