Using Gigamapping in Systems Oriented Design Education

Eunki Chung

Through a series of gigamapping (Sevalsdon, B. 2011) posters produced at a graduate-level design seminar course at SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design), I aim to discuss the application of the gigamapping approach in teaching systems thinking to design students.

The assignment was a three-week project asking students to create i) 1,000 words non-fictional essay of a thing’s narrative as non-human actants (Latour, B, 1992) (Tonkinwise, C, 2006) and ii) a gigamap illustrating the thing’s inter-relationships in the developed narrative. Gigamapping paper and online resources at Systems Oriented Design ( were introduced to students prior to the assignment. All students were pursuing M.A. or M.F.A. in Industrial Design or Design Management, and have at least 2 years of professional design or design-related practice.

In the poster session, I plan to give details of the assignment, showcase selected students’ works (attached), share students’ reactions to the assignments, and facilitate a conversation to advance systems-oriented design education. Based on the poster session outcome in RSD6, I wish to develop a collaborative research/paper with AHO and other gigamapping using institutions and researchers.

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Author(s) (20XX). Article title. Proceedings of Relating Systems Thinking and Design (RSDX) Symposium.