Tricky hand motions broken down into text and images
This was an assignment for my communication design class. Challenged with explaining a process on one page, I took a deep dive into knitting. When you start making a new item the first thing to do is get the right number of stitches on the knitting needle. This process is called "casting on" and it involves some learned hand motions and complicated yarn loops. If you are an experienced knitter your hands just go into auto-pilot to cast on stitches... but if you are learning to knit the process is confusing. Newbies often have to sit next to a pro to watch what the hands and yarn need to do.
To break this down into steps I took video of my own hands doing this "casting on" process. Some steps are more important than others. It took multiple revisions to give the right weight and flow to things! Then I tested it on people to see if the steps made sense.