Our view on Systemic Design
A designer’s job is an ongoing quest for ideal solutions. You embark on these quests with a backpack of tools, canvases, and systematically prepared plans. But at one point the package starts becoming a burden. The tools are rendered blunt when exposed to the holistic and dynamic nature of large systems. The real human dimension gets lost in the human-centred paradigm, despite its name. And the designer’s intuition gets lost among the carefully laid-out plans and requirements.
Systemic Design is a multi-disciplinary approach, in which we draw upon insights from Systems Thinking, System Dynamics, Depth Psychology, Mythology, and Expressive Arts, to counter-balance and challenge the dominant practices in design.
We help designers reorganise their toolset, and redefine their own role in their quest for optimal service solutions for the organisations and constituents they serve.
In today’s complex problems, causes and effects are intertwined, rendering the implications of decisions unclear. Systems Thinking provides you with a lens to examine these problems from multiple perspectives, reiterate them in new ways, and investigate them more holistically.
The principles and techniques of this paradigm enable you to move beyond a purely event- or data-oriented approach to problem solving. And by exploring trends, structures and mental models, Systems Thinking helps you realize that problems should not be merely solved – they should be dissolved.
Quintessential design is transcendent – it reaches beyond the boundaries of an existing system in an attempt to device a new order, embodying your vision.