You might be aware of it or not, but we aren’t the centre of the universe. In fact, we are just a small part of many interconnected and interrelated systems: a family, a community, a city, a country, a culture, a language, a region, an organisation, a planet…

So, why have we been addressing only one part of the system (the human)?

Shouldn’t we look at it as a part of a more complex whole?


It is undeniable that we are very important and that we play a key core role when the time to design comes, but we can’t feign ignorance anymore. The actual future depends on unlimited energy sources (which is not the case) and is causing a huge impact on the planet and its people.

Fortunately, people are becoming more aware of this reality and what are the results of abusing for decades a human-centered design approach as a valid and unique way to innovate and create products and services.


The graphic shows different scales and levels of complexity of design targets and associates them with a design approach.

Why is it so important?

In MERAKI LAB we understand how important is to design for systems because it let us create more integrative and sustainable innovations that not only benefit the humans or the users but also the rest of stakeholders that are part of the system. As the world becomes more interconnected and interdependent it’s crucial for us to become gradually more system-oriented and develop a system-mindset.