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What we do and how we do it

Halogen is a cross-disciplinary design and innovation agency. We develop products, services, systems and processes for a number of industries and sectors. Further down on this page, you can read about how we work, and on our Projects page, you can find case examples.

At Halogen we start each project by gaining a thorough understanding of your challenge.

We then dive into the unknown and map out possible outcomes for the future. Based on our discoveries, we create new solutions that utilise the qualities of human skills, advanced technology and systemic understanding.

We’ve partnered up with some of Norway’s largest and most exciting innovation companies, including Equinor, Kongsberg and Thales, to design critical systems in the interface between cutting edge digital technology and human factors.

In the public sector, our project portfolio includes collaborations with the Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration, The Norwegian Association of Local and Regional Authorities (KS) and the The Ministry of Local Government and Modernisation.

No matter what sector we operate in, we strive to design solutions that are relevant for today and geared for tomorrow.

Here is how we do it:

Precise diagnosis before looking for a cure

Treating a symptom without having set the correct diagnosis might have very little effect, and may even be harmful. Our well-proven design methodologies enable us, and you, to thoroughly understand your challenge. We first zoom in to understand the details of the problem, before zooming out to see how it is interconnected with other challenges in your organisation’s internal and external ecosystem. Based on what we find in the diagnosis phase, we adapt our process to cover the needs of your projects level of complexity.

Project examples:

Live your whole life (The Ministry of Health and Care Services)

Feeding the future (FoodProFuture)

Diving into the unknown

We believe that creating solutions for the future by looking at what has been, will only take us so far. We aim for radical innovation and large scale transformations.

The transformations within energy, food production, transportation, materials and communications will force all organisations to change at a much higher pace than we have ever seen before.

Faced with a global climate crisis, political instability and dehumanising digital developments, we not only acknowledge the need for change; we welcome it and we have the means necessary to handle it.

Project examples:

Digital Twin (Kongsberg Digital)

Autonomous buses for all (Forum Virum Helsinki (FIN), Gjesdal Municipality (NO), Helmond Municipality (NL))

Getting the human/technology equation right

All companies and organisations face challenges of keeping up with technological and digital developments. Users expect simple and efficient services, whether they’re grocery shopping, performing keyhole surgery or managing offshore operations from an office on land. After 20 years of designing new solutions, we know that the challenge is not if we can solve a problem with technology, but how. The tricky part is finding out how humans and technology should interact to realise the potential that lies in both. Machines are wonderful at certain tasks, and humans are unbeatable at others. To get the equation right, we’re constantly exploring and developing our methods through academic research, creative processes and testing in practice.

Project examples:

Radical digital transformation through design (Gyldendal publishing)

Laser based positioning system (Kongsberg Setatex)

Collaborations across disciplines and domains

We call ourselves a transdisciplinary consultancy. In practice this means that we’re constantly co-creating in close collaboration with e.g. engineers, psychologists and public management experts. The aim is to design solutions together with the experts and users, be it front line operators, public servants, industry workers or health professionals. It’s a very pragmatic approach: To achieve the best results, we need to respect other professions and always put the first line users’ needs first.

Project examples:

Submarine control room (Kongsberg Defence and Aerospace)

White Paper to the Parliament: An Innovative Public Sector (The Ministry of Local Government and Modernisation)