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Dutch Design Heroes: Paul Mijksenaar – a longread

Our founder Paul Mijksenaar has dedicated his career to helping people navigate through public spaces. Graham Sturt, Creative director at VBAT, interviewed him on why he is always getting lost, and why he didn’t send a bill to Steven Spielberg.

Less signs but better flows. How does wayfinding design improve the travel experience?

Wayfinding is considered to be an autonomous process, independent from its context. Wayfinding in a forest or a nature reserve has no effect on the landscape or the arrangement of the trees but if we come to speak about trails, things change. Because we create trails ourselves, according to our own interests.

Mijksenaar zoekt nieuwe medewerkers

Mijksenaar is een ontwerp- en adviesbureau gespecialiseerd in wayfinding. Ons doel is om mensen en plaatsen te verbinden op een betekenisvolle manier.

Breaking the stigma – gender-neutral restroom pictogram for the Municipal Theatre

The Municipal Theatre in Amsterdam now offers gender-neutral restrooms to its guests. With this design, Mijksenaar embraces different ways of identification. The diagonal line that cuts through the pictogram that has been used until now, is a symbolic indication for a new beginning.

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‘The Good, The Bad, and The Interesting’ – interview met Atja Apituley

‘The Good, The Bad, and The Interesting’ is een serie podcasts van Vasilis van Gemert, docent bij CMD Amsterdam. Hierin gaat hij op zoek naar de definitie van kwaliteit. Wanneer is iets goed, en waarom?
In deze aflevering praat hij met Atja Apituley, projectleider bij Mijksenaar.

Launch of Mijksenaar’s Digital Airport Index

The Amsterdam based design agency Mijksenaar officially launched its ‘2017 Digital Airport Index’ today. The Index assesses the digital customer journey measured across 52 European airports. The ‘2017 Digital Airport Index’ compares and rates the airport’s digital connectivity, e-commerce, social media presence, and brand consistency. About the Index The objective study was initiated in 2016 […]

World-famous architect Rietveld; unknown in his own city

Gerrit Rietveld, one of the most innovative Dutch architects of the twentieth century, built the iconic Rietveld-Schröder House in 1924. Like a gem, it lies hidden in the city of Utrecht. De Stijl Year Rietveld built a number of houses in, among other places, Utrecht. A route through this city soon leads architecture enthusiasts from […]

The Information Design bible is here

The upcoming book features a comprehensible chapter on Wayfinding Strategy by colleagues Fenne Roefs and Paul Mijksenaar.

A glimpse into a future library – Bibliotheek Neude

‘We want to turn the library into a place everyone wants to go to because they know there is always something worthwhile going on,’ says Director Ton van Vlimmeren about Neude’s new library.

The Stone Twins interview. The only way is up.

Early 2016, Mijksenaar helped draw up wayfinding guidelines for the coolest building in Amsterdam, the A’DAM Tower, located on the north bank of the IJ river. Our recommendations were further developed in a number of active sessions with all parties involved. The conversion of an office building into multifunctional A’DAM involves many parties: project developer […]

Low tech, big data

How we started Draw Rotterdam, and what we’re aiming at Big data is big. Asking ten or twenty people for their opinions isn’t enough anymore. Never mind that Google Forms survey. Hundreds, millions(!) those are the numbers you’re looking at today. Not just in our industry but, at least according to the blogs I read, […]

Welkom Utrecht Centraal 2.0!

Onze kersverse stagiair communicatie Hasan Gök, liep gisteren rond op het vandaag geopende Utrecht Centraal. Lees in zijn stukje wat hem opviel.

Mijksenaar’s blik op Rotterdam – Binnenstadssymposium 2016

Op 23 november organiseerde de Gemeente Rotterdam het Binnenstadssymposium 2016. Tijdens dit evenement kregen bezoekers de kans om met een andere bril naar de binnenstad van Rotterdam te kijken.

Finding your way in Royal Theatre Carré

Some 400,000 people a year visit the Royal Theater Carré, making the venue one of the Netherlands’ most successful theatres

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The Mijksenaar team kicks off in Arnhem

The parking garage under Arnhem Central railway station has proven difficult for people to find their way around. Working together with the city of Arnhem and the architect, the Mijksenaar team has started working on a solution to make it easier for visitors to remember where they parked.

Preparing for Tokyo 2020

A lecture Paul Mijksenaar delivered to the JSDA (Japan Sign Design Association) in Tokyo early this year led to Mijksenaar’s first project in Japan. Narita Airport anticipates many foreign tourists in view of the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games 2020.

Max Kisman interview. Driving around – wherever …

Max Kisman is a Dutch graphic designer and illustrator. Last year, he assisted Schiphol and Mijksenaar in creating the new symbols in the newly opened P3 parking garage.
Flows interviewed him about the cooperation.

Mijksenaar talk at Creative Mornings Utrecht

CreativeMornings is an international monthly breakfast lecture series. Mijksenaar’s Atja Apituley shares her stories and knowledge about the art of wayfinding. And, how to wander without getting lost …

Intuïtief weten waar de gate is

Interview met Leendert Duivenvoorden van Mijksenaar in het online lifestyle magazine RTL Z Magazine. Het zal slechts weinigen bij terugkeer van vakantie op Schiphol zijn opgevallen: de bewegwijzering. En dat is ook precies de bedoeling vertelt Leendert Duivenvoorden van ontwerpbureau Mijksenaar, dat de borden voor het vliegveld ontwerpt. ‘Bij het ontwerp van de wegwijzers moet […]

‘Fietsers zoeken nu eenmaal naar de kortste en snelste routes’

Rijk Boerma werd geïnterviewd over onder andere de toekomst van het fietsen in Magazine Gezond Ontwerp.

Een afvalbak communiceert niet vanzelf

Hoe motiveer je burgers hun afval te scheiden? Een doordacht ontworpen afvalbak kan wellicht helpen. Herkenbaarheid en eenduidigheid zijn voor gebruikers het allerbelangrijkst, stelt Leendert Duivenvoorden van Mijksenaar wayfinding experts.

How travel apps make our travels smart (and drive us insane)

‘How do we get to where we want to be?’ used to be the most important question during our journey. Now the question is becoming: ‘Who do I trust to tell me where to go?’ The ‘appification’ of travel is making our journeys smarter, more personal and more fun. Yet if we’re not careful, it’s going to drive us insane.

Making bicycle parking in Amsterdam easier

More and more people use bicycles to reach their destination in Amsterdam. Because of the increasing number of cyclists, it is not always easy to park your bike in the city.

Utrecht, the first ‘legible’ Dutch city?

‘Desperately lost’ Utrecht is working hard on one of the largest urban projects in the Netherlands: the area around the new train station. Between 2009 and 2020 the the area will see the addition of music theatre Tivoli/Vredenburg, the excavation of the Catharijnesingel, refurbishment of the Hoog Catharijne shopping centre, a new Public Transport Terminal, […]

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Design Academy Eindhoven and Mijksenaar announce cooperation

Design Academy Eindhoven (DAE) has invited Mijksenaar as a guest tutor for the Master Information Design. This is the first and only programme in the Netherlands where wayfinding will be taught extensively and intensively. Through this partnership, wayfinding will have a permanent presence at the renowned academy.

Mijksenaar wins project for the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg

Amsterdam-based design studio Mijksenaar won an international competition regarding the wayfinding system of the Hermitage General Staff Building in St Petersburg.

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Mijksenaar brengt bezoekers Vakantiebeurs naar hun vakantiebestemming

‘Je zou zweren dat je er al was’ is het thema van de Vakantiebeurs 2016, de beurs voor vakmensen uit de reisbranche en geïnteresseerde consumenten. De karakteristieke Schipholbewegwijzering in een deel van de Vakantiebeurs, zal dit jaar zeker bijdragen aan het vakantiegevoel.

Maak kennis met de nieuwe metrobewegwijzering

Vanaf begin januari worden vrijwel alle borden in en rond de bestaande Amsterdamse metrostations vervangen. Voor de zomer zijn de 12 stations op de Ringlijn gereed. Ook de borden op de bovengrondse perrons van de Oostlijn zijn dan vernieuwd.

Hoe Mijksenaars advies Museum Ons’ Lieve Heer op Solder op weg hielp

In september 2015 is het vernieuwde Museum Ons’ Lieve Heer op Solder geopend door koningin Máxima. Mijksenaar is sinds de eerste verbouwplannen in 2007 als adviseur verbonden aan het project. Het museum, dat een schuilkerk uit 1661 huist, bestaat uit twee panden.

Kick-off for Mijksenaar’s first project in Scotland

Mijksenaar is helping ScotRail to improve their passenger journey. The goal is to provide passengers with a smooth trip.

Wayfinding for World Heritage Site Van Nelle Factory

The Van Nelle Factory is a multifunctional venue in which over 80 entrepreneurs have set up their businesses and receive visitors. In addition to customers, the building also draws tourists and visitors of various events.

Paul Mijksenaar winner Piet Zwart Lifetime Achievement Award 2015

Designer Paul Mijksenaar will receive the BNO Piet Zwart Award, which is a lifetime achievement award, on October 24th during the Award Show of the Dutch Design Awards.

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Proef met afvalscheiding op Rotterdam CS

Op station Rotterdam Centraal zijn als proef gescheiden afvalbakken voor papier en restafval geplaatst. Deze afvalbakken zijn voorzien van stickers met instructies in opvallende kleuren en symbolen, zodat voor de reiziger duidelijk zichtbaar hoe hun afval te scheiden.

Meet the experts – meet Mijksenaar

In a series of short films, our designers share their ideas on their projects by explaining their motives. Their firm conviction is that ultimately their work is all about the user.

The SEGD/Hablamos Juntos Healthcare Symbols – Will They Work?

In October 2010, SEGD proudly introduced a universal set of healthcare symbols It was developed in collaboration with Hablamos Juntos (Spanish for ‘let’s talk together’). It is obvious that it was an enormously complex project and quite an achievement, for which we want to compliment all the many people involved.

The Schiphol story – ‘Preserve what’s good and improve what’s weak’

The new Schiphol Airport was designed by Marius Duintjer, in close collaboration with interior architect Kho Liang Ie, who brought graphic designer Benno Wissing of Amsterdam studio Total Design on board to create the signage.

Rijk Boerma on the newly opened National Military Museum

What’s the key to good signage? It’s best to participate in the process from an early stage, before a building or public location is designed or completed.

Schiphol ‘look and feel’ at the Netherlands Embassy in Athens

The brand-new interior design of the Netherlands Embassy in Athens features an authentic airport wayfinding system. It was designed and manufactured in cooperation with Mijksenaar and Schiphol Airport.

A floor map for the Groninger Museum

In the opinion of architect Alessandro Mendini, the Groninger Museum is a crystal-clear building. In practice, however, it seems that many visitors find the building confusing. Meijer Mijksenaar explains how a simple solution is about to improve circulation throughout the museum.

Dutch Design Dollhouse exhibited at the Stedelijk Museum

‘Dutch Design Dollhouse’ consists of various small 3D printed offices occupied by Dutch design agencies, including Mijksenaar. ‘Dutch Design Dollhouse’ is part of the SUPERMODELS exhibition. Jet Bussemaker, Dutch minister of Education, Culture and Science, opened the traveling exhibition in April at the Milan Salone del Mobile in Milan.

For the one-off visitor, temporary signage is always permanent

Senior project manager Annemarie van den Bos explains why National Key Projects (NSPs) require a special approach. Although these projects are larger than those we develop for regular stations, our working method is the same although the outcome is different.

New Burgers’ Zoo map shows visitors their favorite animal!

Royal Burgers’ Zoo in Arnhem, one of the biggest zoos in the Netherlands, will be introducing a new wayfinding system. The first item to be designed was a pocket-sized map of the park.

Herbert Seevinck interviewed for new publication Invisibles

In his new book, writer and New York Times journalist David Zweig interviews experts in unusual fields. Wayfinding is one of these fields. Zweig interviewed Herbert Seevinck, partner and director of Mijksenaar.

Reisleider

Dat u op Schiphol niet verdwaalt, is te danken aan Paul Mijksenaar. Het ontwerpbureau Mijksenaar maakt overal ter wereld wegwijzers op vliegvelden, in metro’s en parkeergarages. Op 2 februari 2012 kreeg hij een oeuvreprijs.

Getting a good grip on spatial organization and perception

‘Zicht op Ruimte’ is a new handbook for architects and building owners eager to get a good grip on spatial organization and perception.

Improving the passenger journey

Project manager Jiska van Veen illustrates current projects at Schiphol Airport. The current renovation and central security operation at Schiphol Airport was the impetus for Mijksenaar for getting to work on several areas.

L’ Angolo di Paul – Too many signs

A beautiful landscape like the one you find in Tuscany – a vast hilly terrain dotted with medieval villages, valleys teeming with vineyards and olive groves and flocks of sheep – is a landscape that you’d like to see completely free of all modern disruptions. But because not all Italians can live in palaces or […]

Interview met Herbert Seevinck in MT

Het was schrijver en filosoof Alain de Botton al opgevallen. Zijn veelgeprezen ‘The Art of Travel’ begint op Schiphol. Daar raakt hij in vervoering van de bewegwijzering en vergelijkt de simpele letters en icoontjes met De Stijl, de Nederlandse kunstbeweging uit het begin van de twintigste eeuw.