Systems thinking has a long history. Its influence on design can be traced back for many decades. However, systems thinking remains almost unknown today among practicing designers and design researchers. Systems thinking is relevant, especially in light of all that is going on in modern society. When designers work, they commonly create two models in their practice: a model of the current state, describing the situation to be improved, and a model of the idealized future state that a design solution will address. While these models are useful, they can remain high-level abstractions, failing to document a system in…
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