- The Critical Engineer considers Engineering to be the most transformative language of our time, shaping the way we move, communicate and think. It is the work of the Critical Engineer to study and exploit this language, exposing its influence.
- The Critical Engineer considers any technology depended upon to be both a challenge and a threat. The greater the dependence on a technology the greater the need to study and expose its inner workings, regardless of ownership or legal provision.
- The Critical Engineer raises awareness that with each technological advance our techno-political literacy is challenged.
- The Critical Engineer deconstructs and incites suspicion of rich user experiences.
- The Critical Engineer looks beyond the "awe of implementation" to determine methods of influence and their specific effects.
- The Critical Engineer recognises that each work of engineering engineers its user, proportional to that user's dependency upon it.
- The Critical Engineer expands "machine" to describe interrelationships encompassing devices, bodies, agents, forces and networks.
- The Critical Engineer observes the space between the production and consumption of technology. Acting rapidly to changes in this space, the Critical Engineer serves to expose moments of imbalance and deception.
- The Critical Engineer looks to the history of art, architecture, activism, philosophy and invention and finds exemplary works of Critical Engineering. Strategies, ideas and agendas from these disciplines will be adopted, re-purposed and deployed.
- The Critical Engineer notes that written code expands into social and psychological realms, regulating behaviour between people and the machines they interact with. By understanding this, the Critical Engineer seeks to reconstruct user-constraints and social action through means of digital excavation.
- The Critical Engineer considers the exploit to be the most desirable form of exposure.
Beim Goldhähnchen war ich jüngst zu Gast;
Es wohnt auf einem mächtigen Silberast; in einem grünen Fichtenpalast;
Dann sang mir das Goldhähnchen was; merkwürdig klang es, wie springendes Glas;
Es sang liebreizend und holde, das Loblied vom Golde;
Und ich wollte doch träumen von einer besseren Welt, wo es nicht nur geht um das kapitalistische Schweinegeld;
Wo wir schützen unsere einzige Erde, wie eine wertvolle Merinoschaf-Heerde;
Und wir schützen und achten das kostbare Leben, nicht nur nach verheerenden Atom- und See-Super-Beeben;
Jeder ist ein universeller Held; zumindest in dieser von mir eingeforderten, besseren Welt;
Das imperialistische Goldhähnchen kann mich nicht locken, mit seinen Gold- und Silberbrocken;
Ich träum’ von einer besseren Welt ohne Pfui-Deibel-Drecks-Schweinegeld;
Sau Mist verdammich, ich brauche Raum, für meinen krassen Weltentraum;
It was an experience of water and interconnection. I thought about how the water was moving around my fingers, opening on one side and closing on the other. That changing system of relationships, where everything was kind of similar, kind of the same and yet different, and just generalizing that to the entire universe, that the world is a system of ever changing relationships and structures, struck me as a vast truth, which it is.
So, interconnection and expressing that interconnection has been the centre of all my thinking
- Good design has no need of clean lines. They are a form of decorative ornament. Even in aeronautics, they have little to do with performance.
- Good design is backwards-compatible, retro-fittable. A modular design with components that can be repaired, replaced or upgraded will have a longer life.
- Good design takes into account the economic footprint for manufacture, as well as (from 2., above) the economic circumstances of the market.
- Good design takes a successful prototype and improves upon it. If the result is not a clear improvement, then the prototype is returned for a re-think. The legacy of the successful SU-27 was still being honoured at this September’s Russian International Air Show.
- The history of good design is the chronology of incremental and cumulative improvements to successful prototypes. The history of one-offs that led no-where is the history of one-offs that led nowhere.