Systems Thinking / Designing Reading List

In the spring I will be teaching a Systems class at CCA. I will be integrating systems which covers systems, mapping, information architecture with social interface design thinking as well since so much of developing a social design with reputation, identity, privacy, engagement and activities is essentially systems thinking. So while the mechanics are going to be basic systems, the perspective and content will be social interface focused.

Here is the reading list I am working with to develop the curriculum and for assigned readings to the students.


Peter Morville
Semantic Studios

Thinking In Systems
Donella H. Meadows
Chelsea Green Publishing

The Systems Thinking Playbook
Linda Booth Sweeney & Donella H. Meadows
Chelsea Green Publishing

Fifth Discipline
Peter M. Senge
Crown Business

Leverage Points, Places to Intervene in a System
Donella Meadows
Sustainability Institute

A Systems Literacy Manifesto
Hugh Dubberly
Talk presented at RSD3 2014 Symposium—Relating Systems Thinking and Design 3 Oslo 17 October 2014

Information Architecture & Modeling

How to Make Sense of Any Mess
Abby Covert

Richard Saul Wurman
Design Quarterly, 145

Mapping Experiences
James Kalbach
O’Reilly Media

Starbucks Platform – The pdf is wonderful!
Article –
Hugh Dubberly, Dubberly Design Office

A Taxonomy of Models Used in the Design Process
Joanne Mendel


A Pattern Language
Christopher Alexander
Oxford Press

A Timeless Way of Building
Christopher Alexander
Oxford Press

Designing Social Interfaces
Christian Crumlish & Erin Malone
O’Reilly Media

Games To Play

Systems Thinking Design Pack – exercises for the classroom
Institute of Play

The Shape of Change
The Shape of Change: Stocks and Flows
Rob Quaden and Alan Ticotsky
Games and exercises for the classroom
Creative Learning Exchange

Pandemic,  Forbidden Island & Forbidden Desert
by Matt Leacock

Social Mania
by Erin Malone & Christian Crumlish


Cautionary Tale

TED Talk Make Data More Human