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Sigrun Lurås




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.


Field studies ship control room|GUI Concept|Systemic design in complex contexts|Ulstein Bridge Concept

Publications (7)

Conference paper

Field studies informing ship’s bridge design

In this paper we discuss our experiences with doing field studies as part of the design process when developing a new ship’s bridge design. A preliminary observation in our work is that the individual designer benefits greatly from having been at sea, and that the sharing of the insight from the individual who has done field studies to the rest of the design team can be challenging... Read »

Conference paper

A different systems approach to designing for sensemaking on the vessel bridge

Systems Oriented Design is an approach to designing that incorporates systems thinking into the design process. The aim of the approach is to help the designer make sense of the situation he/she designs for. This paper discusses the differences between Systems Engineering and Systems Oriented Design, and looks at how the two approaches cancomplement each other in designing for complex systems... Read »

Posts written by Sigrun (2)


A visit to sea with the Bourbon Topaz: Informing the future ship's bridge

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.

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Ulstein Bridge Vision: Can a video be research?

1 1/2 week ago Ulstein launched a video presenting the Ulstein Bridge Vision, an outcome of the Ulstein Bridge Concept (UBC) project. The vision presented is the result of more than one year of development work and shows new interaction design, product design and technical solutions.

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