Gigamapping samples and Systems Oriented Design

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.


via Gigamapping samples

GIGA-maps Samples

By Birger Sevaldson


Here are some samples of GIGA-maps. Clicking the pictures below will open up very large size maps.

Remember to click the maps to zoom in. To zoom in and out, use ctrl & + or ctrl & – or ctrl + mouse wheel.

A collection of exemplars

This is a collection of exemplars, not a typology. The intention with this collection is to inspire and you, showing that there are many ways of designing a Gigamap and that there are many uses and functionalities of the maps. Therefore, the maps were not chosen because of their quality, but rather to demonstrate as many different arrangements as possible.

Each map involves a design process to reach a graphic interpretation that is tailored bespoke for the particular situation.

The maps are design artefacts produced in nested design processes. They are expressions of the designer’s constructed (or designed) knowledge.

This implies a reference to constructionist learning, which means that learning is not a one-way process or to be compared to filling a vessel of wisdom or a hard disk with information.

Constructivism implies that we actively construct our individual knowledge. This implies that knowledge is internalized and individualized when shared. We suggest moving from using a metaphor of constructing knowledge to using a metaphor of designing knowledge. The Gigamaps are devices for designing knowledge and they are the designed artefacts representing our knowledge about complex systems, and how they might be changed.

The Gigamaps are devices for actively co-design our shared knowledge according to the needs of the individual designers and their clients, experts and stakeholders involved and according to the needs of the project.

The mapcollection shown below is organised according to two main groups. The first group displays different organisational or structural principles to inspire you to develop your own organisation and structure.

The second group displays Gigamaps designed for special functions showing examples of adapting gigamapping to special content so to inspire you to design the maps to be especially made for its purposes.

The samples are from the Oslo School of Architecture and Design, the Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences, Chalmers Technical University and others.

Last updated November 2017


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