Fast Fix: Overview

In this project, you’ll work with your teammates to choose something you think people should know how to fix. Then, you’ll research and design a repair, and create and share that procedure with others.

 

Checklist

You are finished with this project when you: 

 

Getting started

  • Sign up for an iFixit account using your school email address
  • Join a student team
  • Create a profile
  • Choose a fix for your project that is not already documented on iFixit
  • Check out the Putting It Together: Building A Successful Project infographic
  • Email a PDF of your proposal to techwriting[at]ifixit[dot]com
    • Include the four main requirements in your proposal
    • Include a correct header in the proposal

 

Guide Photos

  • Shoot well-lit and correctly exposed photos
  • Shoot images showing a person’s hands performing the actions being described without obstructing the view
  • Place the main focus of each image in the center of the frame and zoom in far enough
  • Shoot images free of blur caused by camera shake or small image sizes
  • Set the white balance correctly for all pictures
  • Use a clean background free of distracting clutter for all photos

 

Guide Text

  • Write directions that are easy to understand and follow for an audience with an average to below-average technical background
  • Write guide steps that are free of verbose and muddled directions
  • Avoid vague language and outline the procedure with adequate detail
  • Correctly identify the key tools and components being used in the procedure
  • Write guide text free of major errors in grammar, punctuation, and spelling
  • Include a brief summary and a descriptive introduction outlining the procedure being performed
  • Note the head types and lengths (in mm) of every screw in the guide
  • Give the guide an appropriate title

 

Guide details

  • Fill out all parts of the Details section, including the difficulty, time required, and tools
  • Correctly use colored markup in guide photos with bullet points appropriately colored to match them
  • Make proper use of the Note, Reminder, and Caution bullets when they are appropriate