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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Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation

Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation features an interview with Manuela Aguirre on their blog.

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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.

Read more here in Norwegian >>>>>>>

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.

One-week workshops

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Recently I have conducted two one week workshops at the Ålesund University College ( and at the University College of Oslo and Akershus (

This one- week format has proven to be an efficient way to get an introduction to Systems Oriented design. During the week the program contains a series of lectures, tutoring and independent work. We always start with big paper formats and migrate to digital illustrating tools to produce a print out version in the end.


A short description of ZIP-Analysis and a text with rules of thumbs for GIGA-mapping is added under the GIGA-mapping menu

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