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Kjetil Nordby




Kjetil is an industrial designer with a master in interaction design from Umeå Design School and a PhD from the Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO) 2011. The PhD deals with the innovative use of new technologies in design practice.

Kjetil has been part of several startups and has worked as an industrial and interaction designer for leading Norwegian companies. He has also tutored students at master and bachelor level at AHO and held master courses a Institute of Informatics at Oslo University.

Recently he has turned his interest towards the Norwegian maritime sector and are leading a multidisciplinary team that seeks to reinvent current ship bridges.


AHO Doctorates in Design|Between the Tag and the Screen|Concept simulator game, Forskningstorget 2013|Core methods for design of safety-critical systems. Securing the translation of analysis to design.|Field studies ship control room|GUI Concept|METODA|Onsite – Design driven field studies for safer demanding marine operations|Openbridge – Open platform for user-friendly ship bridges|OPENVR|Radical Innovation in Maritime R&D|SEDNA – Safe maritime operations under extreme conditions: the Arctic case|Systemic design in complex contexts|Touch|Ulstein Bridge Concept|Ulstein Bridge Visions

Publications (24)


OICL field study handbook

Ocean industries involve complex operations, often in safety-critical conditions. Workplaces where such operations are performed are pervaded with technology distributed in many different systems. Designing for such workplaces is a challenge for designers. At the same time, there is a growing number of designers working with projects in the ocean industries... Read »



Designing calm technology and peripheral interaction for offshore service vessels

Ship bridge systems are increasingly collected into Integrated Bridge Systems in modern offshore vessels. By integrating previously separate equipment, there is possible to create more user-friendly interfaces leading to safer and more efficient operations. A consequence of Integrated Bridge Systems is that it is now possible to rethink the make-up of ship bridge interfaces in its entirety... Read »

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 »



Multi-field relations in designing for short-range RFID

Multi–field inputs are techniques driven by multiple short-range RFID-enabled artifacts like RFID-tags and RFID-tag readers. The technology is useful for designers so as to enable the construction of advanced interaction through the physical world. To take advantage of such opportunities, it is important to understand the technology in terms of what interactions it might offer designers... Read »


Conceptual designing and technology:short-range RFID as design material

Short-Range Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) is an emerging technology that interaction designers are currently embracing. There are, however, few systematic efforts to utilize the technology as a tool for the development of new design concepts. This article focuses on technology as a design material and its role in the formative process of conceptual design... Read »


Designing tangible interaction using short-range RFID

Short-range Radio Frequency IDentification (SR-RFID) technology embedded in mobile phones offers interaction design practitioners the potential to design new forms of mobile experiences. The article presents a design oriented research study that seeks to develop affordances specifically in support of such practice. To do so the authors draw on Activity Theory... Read »