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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Gigamaps and Rich Design Spaces


Here a visual report from the AHO 2014 Systems Oriented Design Master Studio.


Understanding Systemic Design

Peter Jones and Jeremy Bowes lecture from 2012 is worth revisiting when thinking of the emerging field of Systemic Design.

Systemic Design is the bigger landscape where SOD feels at home together with a range of other approaches and ideas. Peter contextualizes it in this lecture. The slides are comprehensive so though we are missing his voice it makes sense.


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Rich Design Space or War Room?

Jake Knapp at Google Ventures suggest that if you want to foster creativity in your design team, throw out the football table and make a War Room instead.

What he suggests is very similar to our Rich Design Space. What to say other than : Welcome to the club!

Now lets see if they will develop some systemic sensibility as well   ;)


Young Talent Awards

The Norwegian Design Councils Young Talent Award second and third place was won by two SOD projects.


The Future of Offshore Supply -1

Martin Skogholt Hansen and Mikael Johansenwon the second price for their conceptual project for more efficient supply vessels for the offshore sector.


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Elisabeth Skjelten won the third price for her projectfor the Norwegian Red Cross for learning Norwegian language to immigrants.

The prices indicate the difficulties in comparing the different generations of design. GK vanPatter suggests four versions of design (design 1.0, Design 2.0, Design 3.0, Design 4.0) where the lower versions are more traditional object oriented while the higher levels are more complex and societal oriented. It must have been a difficult task for the jury to compare and rank between the winners being design 1.0 and 2.0 and the second and third place being design 3.0 operating on a systemic level and 4.0 operating on a societal level. (

To read more about the prices follow this link (norwegian only yet) >>>>>

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