Paul Mijksenaar winner BNO Piet Zwart Award 2015

September 9 2015

EINDHOVEN, 10th September 2015 – Designer Paul Mijksenaar will receive the BNO Piet Zwart Award, which is a lifetime achievement award, on 24 October during the Award Show of the Dutch Design Awards. Paul Mijksenaar is the specialist in the field of information design and wayfinding. He is able to communicate complex information in a crystal clear manner, and has gained international renown for his signposting at large airports across the world. The Dutch public mainly knows him for the wayfinding at Schiphol Amsterdam Airport. Some may still remember his articulate columns in the NRC Handelsblad newspaper, ‘Mijks Repair Shop’ (2004/2005).

Selection process

The jury of the BNO Piet Zwart Award 2015 consisted of Timo de Rijk/BNO chair and jury chair, Hans Dirken, Joost Grootens, Ed van Hinte, Christien Meindertsma and Koert van Mensvoort. Madeleine van Lennep/BNO director was the secretary. Some 40 designers and other professionals in the Dutch design community nominated candidates for the award. The jury unanimously chose to award the BNO Piet Zwart Award 2015 to Paul Mijksenaar.

Winner

Paul Mijksenaar is the specialist in the field of information design and wayfinding. He is able to communicate complex information in a crystal clear manner, and has gained international renown for his signposting at large airports across the world. The Dutch public mainly knows him for the wayfinding at Schiphol Amsterdam Airport. Some may still remember his articulate columns in the NRC Handelsblad newspaper, ‘Mijks Repair Shop’ (2004/2005). From the jury report: ‘In an ever more complex world, information design and wayfinding are becoming increasingly relevant. Paul Mijksenaar (1944) has always approached clients, producers, architects and engineers as an ambassador of the end user. With its choice, which is also emphatically a choice of style, the jury wishes to commend a specific position: namely that of a designer who takes an analytical and empathic approach, and whose mission it is to serve the end user. Contemporary designers with a digital profile who operate successfully in the field of data visualization are to a large extent indebted to Mijksenaar. His design approach, based on data analysis and organization, is as essential as it is urgently needed. His highly accessible publications, his professorship at Delft University of Technology, and his public appearances have all contributed effectively to the dissemination of his philosophy, as does the recently established “Paul Mijksenaar Award” for functional design.’
Dutch Design Awards Ceremony.

Awardshow

The BNO Piet Zwart Award 2015 will be presented at the award show of Dutch Design Awards. This event will take place in Eindhoven on 24 October, as the grand finale to Dutch Design Week. Paul Mijksenaar’s work will be on display at the Dutch Design Awards exhibition in the Veemgebouw at Strijp-S in Eindhoven from 17 to 25 October.

BNO Piet Zwart Award

The BNO Piet Zwart Award is an honourable distinction conferred on an outstanding designer who has had a strong impact on the discipline and fulfils an exemplary role for subsequent generations of designers. Between 1983 and 2013, the award was won by (in chronological order): Friso Kramer, Jan van Toorn, Wim Crouwel, Eva Besnyö, Nel Verschuuren, Jan Bons, Bruno Ninaber van Eyben, Gert Dumbar, Willem Diepraam, Marijke van der Wijst, Gerard Unger and Ulf Moritz.