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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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.


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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.

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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.

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