Systemic design in complex contexts. An enquiry through designing a ship’s bridge
This thesis addresses designing for the complex, high-risk domain of the offshore ship industry. Positioned within the evolving fields of systemic design and marine design, the thesis provides an in-depth understanding of the challenges of designing for this domain and discusses how systemic approaches can be of help in offshore-specific design projects. The research presented is based on substantial practical design work that was conducted within the Ulstein Bridge Concept project, which designed the award-winning ship’s bridge concept Ulstein Bridge Vision™, as well as an interview study with eight experienced designers who work for the Norwegian offshore and maritime industries. The thesis confirms that designing for the offshore ship industry is complex and challenging on many fronts, and introduces a systemic model of the design situation that supports designers’ sensemaking efforts in such projects. The thesis provides practical and theoretical contributions to design in complex contexts, as well as the emerging fields of systemic design and marine design.