The gates at quay 23 in Tananger opened slowly and I walked in to the restricted area at the port with butterflies in my stomach. I was going out with a supply vessel to the North Sea for the first time. The reason why I was going out with Bourbon Topaz this morning in July was to learn about the bridge environment and its users. I work as a designer and researcher at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design in a project called the Ulstein Bridge Concept project. In this project, carried out in collaboration with Ulstein, Kwant Controls and Aalesund University College, we look at what the future bridge may look like. To be able to say anything about that, we need to talk to the users and learn about what they do on the bridge.
Sigrun is an interaction designer with a special interest in designing for complex contexts. In her PhD research, Sigrun focused on how to understand designing for complex, high-risk control environments, and how systemic design may be of help when designing for such contexts.
Sigrun got a MSc in Industrial Design Engineering from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in 2005. Before she started on her PhD at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design in September 2011, she worked as an interaction designer at Halogen and an interaction designer and human factors specialist at DNV GL. Sigrun defended her PhD thesis entitled Systemic design in complex contexts : an enquiry through designing a ship’s bridge publicly on 22 January 2016.