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IKEA-Style How-To Guides For Computer Programmers

IKEA-Style How-To Guides For Computer Programmers
Design

Well-known illustration style provides step-by-step instructions for key tasks

Grace Kenny
  • 25 april 2018

Working with algorithms can be difficult, even for the most advanced programmers. So Sándor P. Fekete, Sebastian Morr and Sebastian Stiller created algorithm guides in the style of IKEA furniture instructions. These step-by-step manuals are part of IDEA, a series of nonverbal algorithm instructions. The IDEA website features eight instruction guides for various programs used in computer science like graph scan, balance tree and bogo sort.

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“Binary Search” by IDEA (CC 4.0).

Over the years, the Swedish furniture retailer has become known for the distinctive, illustrated assembly instructions that come with its products. These instructions were originally inspiration for an algorithms and data structures lecture delivered by Fekete at TU Braunschweig, a German technical university. The group then produced more IKEA-like instructions and posted them publicly on IDEA so “they can be used by teachers, students, and curious people alike,” according to the website. The site encourages sharing and adapting the instructions for noncommercial use with attribution.

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Working with algorithms can be difficult, even for the most advanced programmers. So Sándor P. Fekete, Sebastian Morr and Sebastian Stiller created algorithm guides in the style of IKEA furniture instructions. These step-by-step manuals are part of IDEA, a series of nonverbal algorithm instructions. The IDEA website features eight instruction guides for various programs used in computer science like graph scan, balance tree and bogo sort.

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