Systems Oriented Design

The designerly way to work with systems

The main mission of Systems Oriented Design is to build the designers own interpretation and implementation of systems thinking so that systems thinking can fully benefit from design thinking and practice and so that design thinking and practice can fully benefit from systems thinking.


My Last Home

Organised teamwork for a better day A project by Åsne Kydland, Marit Støylen and Emilie Strømmen Olsen


This project was done at an elderly home with the company Attendo Care as collaborative partner. Attendo with Geir Hansen was a brilliant, innovative and advanced collaborator who provided the conditions for innovation to happen

It suggested a design for better organization of the working day of the employees. By looking at the situation of the employees and not as a user centered project normally would do at the clients it achieves a very good cost benefit factor.

The suggestion is very cheap and easy implemented and the potential effects substantial.

The system in its prototype stage is currently tested at the paulus elderly home in Oslo.

The project has generated great attention and it will be interesting to follow its further development.

The project is a good case for SOD, Very Rapid Learning Processes and the development of adaptive expertise in co-operation with experts of the field.

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Read more here (Norwegian)

Les om prosjektet på NHOs nettsider



Complexity and other beasts

Complexity and other Beasts is a project by graduate student Elisabeth Skjelten who co-operated with The Performance Group in Oslo, a leadership development consultancy. Some of the consultants at TPG have been using GIGAmapping for a while and there is a long term development relationship between TPG and the research at AHO in Systems Oriented Design. The challenge of the project was to make SOD and especially GIGAmapping accessible for more of the consultants at TPG.

The result was a small book that is a quick manual for dealing with complexity in general and for GIGA-mapping especially.


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Three SOD projects win prices

Three Systems Oriented Design Projects won prices at the AHO awards ceremony on friday 1st of February.

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We will publish more detajls soon.

Designing for Dignity Web-launch


Manuela Aguirre and Jan Kristina Strømsnes published their master thesis from 2012 

Designing for Dignity in a Sexual Assault Responce System on  the web.

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