Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Paul Mijksenaar, information designer

During my formative years, back in the late 1990s, I read widely into the literature of information design, wayfinding, and signage. I still own a small collection of books about those topics; among them, there are two by Dutch designer Paul Mijksenaar that I've loved for more than two decades: Visual Function and Open Here: the Art of Instructional Design.

Roots, a publication that celebrates the history of Dutch graphic design, has just published a nice profile of Mijksenaar. It contains many details I hadn't heard about; for instance, I knew about Mijksenaar's wayfinding signage work for airports, particularly Schiphol, but what I didn't know is that he also created the signs that appear in Steven Spielberg's movie The Terminal.