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    My name is Sigrun Lurås. I am an interaction designer with a special interest in designing critical systems for complex settings, such as those used in high-risk, safety-critical environment. This blog is dedicated to my research carried out as a PhD research fellow at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design.

    My PhD

    My research interests are related to how designers may approach the task of designing critical systems for complex contexts and how systems thinking may be helpful when designing for such contexts. I have a Research by Design-approach in my research, which means that I develop new knowledge through carrying out a practical design project.

    I have been part of the Ulstein Bridge Concept (UBC) design research project carried out from 2011 to 2014 at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design in collaboration with the Ulstein Group, Aalesund University College and Kwant Controls. The aim of the UBC project was to improve the environment of the ships bridge of an offshore service vessel by redesigning the full ship's bridge, from the room layout to furniture design, and from the fundamental interaction techniques to details on the screen.

    The aim of my research is to understand designing for complex, high-risk control environments, using the UBC project as an example, and further understand how systemic design may be helpful when designing for such contexts.

    Ulstein Bridge Vision™ designed by the Ulstein Bridge Concept project.

    The main supervisor of my PhD is Professor Birger Sevaldson at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design, and my co-supervisors are Professor Margareta Lützhöft at Australian Maritime College, University of Tasmania and Assoicate Professor Kjetil Nordby at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design.

    For a list of my publications, please see my Academia or Research Gate profile.

    This blog

    The blog is called speiling, which is Norwegian for mirroring. The name is related to designing for sensemaking and designers sensemaking. A design that supports sensemaking should reflect the status of the situation the user tries to make sense of, and designers sensemaking should reflect the design situation.

    The name also refers to the fact that I use the blog to reflect upon topics relevant for my PhD and hope to get feedback (reflections) on my writings from the outside world. Please feel free to comment on my blog posts or contact me directly.


    I got a M.Sc. in Industrial Design Engineering from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in 2005. After I finished my university studies I worked as an interaction designer at Halogen for 2 1/2 years, before I spent 4 years as a human factors consultant and interaction designer at DNV (now DNV GL). In September 2011 I got leave from DNV to pursue my PhD at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design. The PhD thesis was defended and accepted in January 2016.

    For more about my professional experience, see my LinkedIn profile. I sometimes also tweet about things I find interesting.