Understand How It Works [Fierce Quote]
“Never just remember how to do something, understand how it works.”
As someone who has been known to answer, “Magic!” whenever anyone asks me how anything works, I’d say this advice given to designer Martin Rue by his grandfather is damn good and probably worth taking. And I love what Rue has come to understand about understanding after years of mulling over this delightful gem:
If you simply remember how to do something, then all you can do is use it the same way over and over, but if you understand how it works, you can reason about it. Once you can reason about something in your mind you can contemplate why it is the way it is, you can apply your entire creative mind to making the most of it, and you can implement and question improvement – you own it intellectually.
Read the rest of Rue’s fantastic post on the value of understanding here.