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.

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SOD-projects win prices

27th April 2013

The first and the second price of the 2013 young talent award from the Norwegian Design Council was earned by two Systems Oriented Design projects.

First price was won by Manuela Aguirre and Jan Kristian Strømsnes with the project Designing for Dignity in a Sexual Violence Responce system.

The second price went to Jan Kristian Strømsnes for his project Nautical Controls for the Future.

The price announcements are here: >>>>>

Read more about the Dignity project here >>>>>

Read more about the Haptic controls project here >>>>>


SOD used in commercialization of research project

27th April 2013

The Norwegian Design Council with Adrian Paulsen initiated a project with the renown research hub Simula and their project Celerway. Celerway is a new technology that makes the use of cellphones while on the move more fluent.

SOD helped to gain an overview and to generate ways to communicate the technology.

The Norwegian Research Council reported on the project on their website.

Read more here (Norwegian) >>>>>


UBC-project wins innovation price

17th March 2013

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17th March 2013. The UBC (Ullstein Ship Bridge Concept) project wins one million NOK in the DNB innovation price

Read more here (Norwegian) >>>>>


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.

More images here >>>>>

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.


Read more here  >>>>>


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