Design: Reverse Engineering


Reverse engineering is the process of systematically analysing an object (activity/concept/design/element/function/idea/problem/process/procedure/routine/structure/system...) specifically to ascertain the external (black box) structure/processes/inputs/outputs.. and/or internal (white box) structure/processes/funtions.. that contribute to its function and form
  • The technique is used to breakdown an object/system (physical/actual or hypothetical/proposed) to facilitate our understanding and learning of that object/system
  • For a hypothetical/proposed design/system the analysis can facilitate understanding of the energy/materials/... required to implement/manage the design/system

Random notes

Paraphrases, short form stories and original thoughts

"As to methods there may be a million and then some, but principles are few. The person who grasps principles can successfully select their own methods. The person who tries methods, ignoring principles, is sure to have trouble." Adapted from Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Above all else learn to communicate and collaborate"
"Seek to understand and provide not to pursuade"
"A permaculturalist lives by the ethics, a permaculture designer is a permaculturalist who consciously implements the principles"
"An idea is not a design"
"An idea is a response to a perceived need; an interface between subconscious and conscious "
"Design first, plan second"
"State the obvious, so everybody knows the obvious"
"Permawash - Taking anything from history, religion, culture, thoughts in your phking head and saying this is permaculture (design)" Pippi 201005
"Design is part of an implementation feedback loop; Design can be thought of as the problem resolution phase/stage/pattern/process/system"
"She'll be right" a euphemism for "we won't be around when this becomes a problem!"
"She will not be right unless shes done right"