A1 Journal article (refereed)
Minimalism Heuristics Revisited : Developing a Practical Review Tool (2021)

Virtaluoto, J., Suojanen, T., & Isohella, S. (2021). Minimalism Heuristics Revisited : Developing a Practical Review Tool. Technical Communication, 68(1), 20-36. https://www.ingentaconnect.com/contentone/stc/tc/2021/00000068/00000001/art00003

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Publication details

All authors or editorsVirtaluoto, Jenni; Suojanen, Tytti; Isohella, Suvi

Journal or seriesTechnical Communication



Publication year2021


Issue number1

Pages range20-36

PublisherSociety for Technical Communication

Publication countryUnited States

Publication languageEnglish

Persistent website addresshttps://www.ingentaconnect.com/contentone/stc/tc/2021/00000068/00000001/art00003

Publication open accessNot open

Publication channel open access


Purpose: This article looks at existing minimalism literature and the application of minimalism heuristics. It proposes a revised set of minimalism heuristics to be used at different phases of the minimalist documentation process. The goal is to offer a practical tool for technical communication professionals.
Method: The revised heuristics are a combination of a literature review, the best practices of technical communication, and a company pilot study where the heuristics were tested.
Results: The article offers a revised list of minimalism heuristics, to be used as part of the minimalist documentation process to ensure documentation quality.
Conclusion: The technical communication field is charting new ground in the era of responsive design and mobile platforms. In this new landscape, the principles of minimalism have much to offer. The proposed minimalism heuristics comprise one strategy of applying minimalism for better documentation quality.

Keywordstechnical communicationinstruction manualsminimalismheuristicuser-centeredness

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Ministry reportingYes

Reporting Year2021

JUFO rating1

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