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The effectiveness and the usability of still images (drawings, photos) and of moving images (animation, videos) are largely determined by the same principles.

For technical documentation, the most important principle is the need for simplicity. You’ll encounter this over and over again.

To start with, follow these tips:

Avoid visual noise

Use color sparingly

Use symbols sparingly

Include text elements when necessary

Tips on writing text within visuals

Carefully consider whether to show persons

Be aware of cultural differences

Avoid legal pitfalls

For more specific information, see:

Images in general

Images of hardware

Images of software

Video design

Video production

Interactive content

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