John Grant (Viewpoint, 3 October 1989) exhorts us to teach computer analysis and to be
inspired to design by sitting at the feet of those such as Professor Sir Alan Harris. He implies that design cannot be taught; we can learn only by example. I too have listened to excellent lectures by good designers, who have opened my eyes to the way design is carried out. But Sir Alan’s adage that ‘design is what is done in the bath, and analysis is the process to prove that design’ is too simplistic. It is worth defining what we mean by analysis and design, before being too specific about what is taught.