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.


Article on Design Research

A new article taking a systems oriented perspective when looking at the complex field of practice based research in design is just published on the Norwegian design research journal FORMakademisk.

You can also find a link directly to this article in the Research section and subsection Methods.

New projects uploaded

The Systems Oriented Design Studio of the spring has reached its end and the final review was on tuesday 8th June

The five final projects are uploaded and the two master thesis will be uploaded soon. So stay tuned, great stuff coming up.

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.

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