Blank Studio is a multi-award-winning design studio from Tychy, Poland, which is one of the few companies in Poland, and Europe, that specializes exclusively in designing complex wayfinding systems for various public spaces. Their designs have already been recognized at many international design competitions, winning awards at the iF Design Awards, European Design Awards, German Design Awards, Red Dot Design Awards, Joseph Binder Awards, Architizer A+ Awards, and many others. Using systems thinking in their work, the studio runs complex projects, and analyzes user behavior, while making sure that every new project is still an opportunity to have fun for the whole studio team. “This unconventional approach means that we can meet any challenge. We dream about designing a wayfinding system for the Olympic Games!”, the studio writes.
Blank Studio focuses on creating environments that are accessible for all, easily understandable and navigable, and always user-friendly. With an honest aim to change the spaces around them for the better, the quality of the studio’s work can not only be measured by their awards, but the high-profile clients their impressive roster includes. We’ve selected two special wayfinding design projects from the studio’s portfolio which in our opinion perfectly showcases the team’s talent in creating innovative, purposeful, and original concepts.
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Wayfinding system for the Faculty of Physics University of Warsaw
The Faculty of Physics is located in Warsaw’s Ochota district, in a building that is decided into two parts that are linked by an internal skywalk passage above an internal street. When starting work on the visual identification system for the space, the studio set its sight on creating a signage system that would be original and unconventional in its form, readable by a wide range of potential users (students, professors, guests) and, in a way, evoke the most common associations with physics.
Our design goal was to make this complex building more friendly and accessible in spatial reception. In addition, we wanted to provide employees with tools through which they could inform the faculty about important events that took place in lecture halls, studios, etc. in a consistent and aesthetic way.
The studio ensured that their design would complement the expressive interior architecture, where strong, contrasting colors can be found. The signage system is based on visual references to technical drawings, experiments, diagrams, and activities from physics textbooks.
Wayfinding design for Student dormitory – Chill Inn
Chill Inn is a new private dormitory in the center of Łódź for those who are looking for convenience in a beautiful setting and a top location. Chill Inn combines high living standards and an original design – all of these make for the perfect college environment. College life is normally associated with joy and carefree fun, so when the studio developed visual information and identification system for the place, they kept these values in mind.
Our goal was to create graphics that would complement the character and purpose of the dormitory and, at the same time, be interesting and put people in a good mood. During the design process, we created an original branding system based on illustrations, as well as the building’s signage system based on the branding.
The visual illustrations used in the concept relate to the space in which they are placed – making the dormitory a welcoming and comfortable place where people can gather and celebrate. The graphics are characterized by smooth, abstract lines, a tasteful color palette, and playfully complementing different spaces inside and outside the building.