All systems go! – 2015 Make Cycle #4

All systems go! – 2015 Make Cycle #4

1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (No Ratings Yet)

Difficulty: 3  (1 = easy, 5 = hard)

This Make was created by Kim Douillard, Janet Ilko, Janis Jones, and Abby Robles San Diego Area Writing Project

Type: , , , , , ,


Add Examples or Tutorials

According to the dictionary, a system is “a group of interacting, interrelated, interdependent elements forming a complex whole.” There are many types of systems: human, behavioral, natural, technological, mechanical, mathematical, political, social, financial, transit, etc.

In this make, we invite you to document, analyze and reflect on the variety of systems that influence your life personally and/or professionally. Use your creativity to document an existing system, access your ingenuity to improve an existing system or use your imagination to develop a unique new system and design a novel way to explain it.

  • How can you document a system that serves a function in your life?
  • Can you add inflow to an already existing system in order to make it function more effectively?
  • Can you re(media)te a system in order to improve it?
  • What about a hack? Can you hack a system or “the system” to make it work for you in interesting new ways?
  • Can you create a new system to take the place of one that is no longer useful or has become obsolete?
  • Can you design an entirely new system for something that has yet to be imagined?

Systems can be explained using a variety of medium. Take a photograph, draw a diagram, create an infographic, draft a story, write a song, do an interpretive dance, create a recipe, make a “how to,” develop a prototype, continue to play with games….The possibilities are endless!

Below you will find some additional ideas to help you get started:

Additional Resources on Systems

Share what you make here by posting an example or share a tutorial “how to.”


Do this Make

Once you complete this make, share it! If your example exists elsewhere at a public URL add your example directly (pending moderator approval).

Tutorials for this Make

Have you created something to help others complete this make? Share it and help someone else. If your tutorial exists elsewhere at a public URL add your tutorial directly (pending moderator approval).

1 Example Completed for this Make

  1. Complex Systems diagrams
       submitted by Ida Brandão

    A remake of Complex Systems diagram in Wikipedia article (trying Befunky image editor, suggested by a peer)

0 Tutorials Created for this Make

Creative Commons License
This work by Kim Douillard, Janet Ilko, Janis Jones, and Abby Robles San Diego Area Writing Project is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.