Minimalism at 30

Thirty years ago, the book The Nurnberg Funnel: Designing Minimalist Instruction for Practical Computer Skill introduced the concept of minimalism. To celebrate this anniversary, we take a look at the genesis, principles, and evolution of minimalism.

Text by Nicoletta A. Bleiel John Carroll

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To really understand a movement – and its importance – it helps to look back at its origins. Thirty years ago, The Nurnberg Funnel: Designing Minimalist Instruction for Practical Computer Skill was published. It introduced the concept of minimalism and established the author, John Carroll, as “The Father of Minimalism.” For this anniversary, Dr. Carroll joined me for a session at the virtual tcworld conference in November 2020 to discuss the book, the origins of minimalism, and the state of minimalism today.

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The Nurnberg Funnel facts on its 30th Anniversary:

 
  • It was published in June 1990 by MIT Press
  • At the time of its publication, John Carroll was the Manager of User Interface Theory and Design at IBM's Watson Research Center
  • It has been cited 928 times in academic publications (source: ...
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