Systems Oriented Design / Systemorientert Design (NO)

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.



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Work in progress


The new semester is well started. The tasks are approached through research and mapping of complex relations between large networks of actors and parameters.

Students Bo Wikstrøm (left) and Carmen Bruno (right) are presenting their mapping to the clients Marte Sotholtet (middle left) from Øys festivalen and Marit Kathrine Hepsø (middle right) from City of the Futures. The format allows them to directly engage and add information to the mapping.


The performance of complex real life systems are mapped. The preferred medium on this stage is simple large paper sheets and colored markers. This allows informant to directly involve in the process.


Cell-based mapping


Adrian Paulsen, Kyrre M. Kalseth and Frederic Videm have finalised their pre-diploma study. They conceptualised a new type of GIGA-mapping we call Cell-based mapping. GIGA-mapping is a technique we use for dealing with large amounts of information. More will follow on that topic.

Systems thinkers win prices

In the Norwegian World Usability Day Design Competition for students three of five winners were systems oriented design projects. The occasion was celebrated the 12th November with a lecture evening, price ceremony and exhibition opening at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design.


From the left: Gudmund Rebnord received honourable mention for his project User-friendly Public Transport. Third from the left, Christopher A. Lange received honourable mention for his RECOLT Metabolic Vehicle. Fourth from the left Anne Mette Bakke recieved first price for her project Strategic Circle to Clean Water. The other winners are Kamilla Leonhardtsen and Elisabeth Skjelten.


About 120 people attended the lectures, price celebration and opening of the exhibition in the AHO Gallery.

Systems Oriented Design is very well received as a means to produce relevant and advanced solution to very complex tasks.

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