Target of minimalism: the right information, in the right place and at the right time.

Minimalism as a checklist:

Nine principles that provide guidelines for developing minimalist-based documentation:

  1. Help users get started fast.
  2. Train users on real tasks.
  3. Allow for reading in any order by providing modular units of information.
  4. Exploit the user’s prior knowledge and experience.
  5. Coordinate the system they are trying to learn with the actual training material.
  6. Support error recognition and recovery.
  7. Use the situation to provide opportunities to learn about how the system works.
  8. Be developed using optimal training designs.
  9. Promote reasoning and improvising that increases comprehension, retention, and active involvement in the learning process.


'Plain women know more about men than beautiful ones do. But beautiful women don't need to know about men. It's the men who have to know about beautiful women.' - Katherine Hepburn