Ten misconceptions about minimalism

John M. Carroll, Hans Van Der Meij

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We describe ten common misconceptions about the minimalist approach to documentation design. For each, we analyze how the misconception arises from plausible interpretations of minimalist principles and heuristics. We then clarify how each misconception deviates from minimalism, as we understand it. Analysis and discussion of creative elaborations of minimalism - including "misconceptions" - can promote a sharper concept of what minimalism is.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)72-86
Number of pages15
JournalIEEE Transactions on Professional Communication
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1996

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Communication
  • Industrial relations
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Linguistics and Language


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