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.


Workshop at Bekk

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Two of our former students, Jan Kristian Strømsnes and Maren Moe Stokke were invited by BEKK Consulting (, by Christin Staubo in the department of Service Design, to presented SOD at their yearly competence day.

Both of the designers currently work for the technology and healthcare company Dignio (, and use SOD combined with Service Design in their daily work.

The presentation started with an introduction to the SOD approach followed by a workshop where the consultants got to learn tools such as timeline and ZIP analysis. Further on they got an introduction to the mindset of systems thinking driven from a design perspective and how to apply efficient tools for ideation and mapping. Designers with a background within SOD shared their oppinions and insights of using SOD in client relations. This was provided from designeres in organizations such as Bouvet, Hareide Design, Beyond Risør, Halogen and PhD program at AHO. 

HALOGEN SOD lecture at AHO


The design company HALOGEN has for some while used SOD in many of their projects. So far they have used it with over twenty clients. Reporting back to us at AHO from design business out there is really encouraging. Though we always have companies and organizations as partners in our research and educational work, it makes a difference when design companies start to sell such deep processes and when customers have matured to see the value in such work. Also their application contributes to the richness of approaches and variations in SOD. None the least they have experienced some pit-falls that are hard to detect in an academic setting.


Jonathan Romm, head of design and Adrian Paulsen presented their experiences in the guest lecture.


Behaviour Changing Products

In Leyla Acaroglus TED talk she focuses on systemic effects from our products and how they can be changed to become behaviour changing.


Workshop at Chalmers

23rd and 24th January Birger Sevaldson was holding a two days workshop at Chalmers University in Gothenburg at the department of Architecture

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One week workshop in Tallin

17th to 21st February Birger Sevaldson was leading a one week workshop with master students at the Tallin Technical University department of Design.



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