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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 (9)


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 »

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 »