New movie of our wayfinding system for the primary school Forsmannstraße, Hamburg

For the Forsmannstraße primary and  nursery school in Hamburg we've designed a new wayfinding system. Along the way, a nice little video was made.


Project completed: our temporary wayfinding system for the “Jupiter” in Hamburg is fully realised.

Until the end of the year, there is a creative interim use in the former Karstadt sports department store in Hamburg. Our temporary signage system for the “Jupiter” shows the way to design shops, art galleries, various event spaces, café and bar and, as a special highlight, the roof terrace with a view of the city centre. We would like to thank Hamburg Kreativ Gesellschaft mbH for the appointment.

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Project completed: our wayfinding system for the Forsmannschule in Hamburg

The wayfinding system we’ve designed for the Forsmannstraße primary and nursery school in Hamburg has been completed. More about this soon!

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Just commissioned : New wayfinding system for the commercial property Wilhelmstraße 118 in Berlin

After the completion of our project in Ritterstraße 12 & 14, Studio Gourdin is now pleased to have been commissioned again in Berlin-Kreuzberg. We were commissioned by Signature Capital GmbH to design the wayfinding system for the commercial property at Wilhelmstraße 118 in Berlin. Here, a building from 1910 is being supplemented by a new office building and modern commercial units are being created. We are looking forward to the challenge!

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Project completed: our wayfinding system for the “Ritterstraße 12 & 14” is fully realised.

A new wayfinding system has been created in the new  »RITT« office building and the nearby office campus at Ritterstraße 12 & 14 in Berlin. We would like to thank Signature Capital GmbH for the appointment.

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Telegraph Berlin featured in “PAGE”!

We are happy: Our wayfinding system of Telegraph Berlin has been featured in “PAGE”, a german design magazine. So, off to the newsstand!

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Excellent: we are double winner of the "DNA - Paris Design Awards 2023"

We are very happy and even have two reasons to celebrate! Studio Gourdin was awarded two times in the category “Graphic Design – Communication Design” at the “DNA Paris Design Awards 2023”. The signage for the Centre for Applied Aeronautical Research with multi-storey car park and the wayfinding system for the Telegraph Office Building in Berlin are each one award richer!

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Project completed: our wayfinding system for the “Luruper Höfe” is fully realised.

For this new city quarter, we were commissioned with the conception and design of the orientation system. The “Luruper Höfe” consist of a shopping arcade with car park and residential units. Many thanks to Bonava Deutschland GmbH for the really nice co-operation!

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Excellent: we are “Best Wayfinding Design Specialist 2023 - Europe”

We have very gald to announce that Studio Gourdin has been awarded at the BUILD Architecture Awards 2023 – as the winner of the category “Best Wayfinding Design Specialist 2023 – Europe”. Great news!


First pictures of the Wayfinding System Office Campus Ritterstraße, Berlin

Here are the first pictures of the wayfinding system of the new office building “RITT” and the next door office campus at Ritterstraße 12–14, Berlin! The new signage we’ve deisgned will make the campus an even more user-friendly and aesthetically pleasing place for employees and visitors.

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Special thanks to Signature Capitale and  Empreinte Signalétique for the great co-operation!

More photos and information about the new signage can be found on our project page.


Excellent: Our wayfinding systems for Telegraph (Berlin) and ZAL (Hamburg) are part of the “Official Selection” for the DNA Paris Design Awards 2023!

It will be exciting until the end of June... Of course, we would be very delighted to receive one or two awards for our favourite projects at the DNA Paris Design Awards 2023.


P82 – First impressions of the Hamburg Summer of Architecture

It was really exciting at the Palmaille last Thursday! First there we spoke about the Palmaille (lecture, discussions) as well as about the furniture products of Vietzke & Borstelmann Architekten in their rooms. Then we went to the Palmaille itself with their seating pods and lectern. There we were able to “experience” future scenarios for the use of the Palmaille in augmented reality. Great event! Thanks again to Thomas Vietzke and Jens Borstelmann for the invitation!

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New film about our signage for the Research Campus in Hamburg Bahrenfeld!

Many steps lead to the goal!

One of our most complex projects is coming to an end. We designed a very extensive wayfinding system for the Bahrenfeld Research Campus on an area of almost 60 ha: It comprises a total of 152 pylons as well as 185 façade elements. Another special feature is the addition of tactile fields to the visual signage in order to support accessibility. We are very pleased to have been part of this project!

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This exciting project was implemented by Schreib + Keppler within one year. Filmbrothers Hamburg accompanied the realisation and documented it on film. The result, which is well worth seeing, can now be viewed on our Youtube channel.


Set course for the Hamburger Architektur Sommer 2023!

We are delighted with the invitation of Vietzke & Borstelmann Architekten to the 2nd symposium. The focus here is on the identity of the Palmaille (one of the key connecting thoroughfares between the districts of Altona and Ottensen) within the context of urban development. Looking forward to it! More information here: https://vb-architekten.com/p82-symposien/.

The 10th Hamburger Architektur Sommer will take place between May and July 2023.

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And one more winner: GOLD for the wayfinding system of the Telegraph Office Building in Berlin!

Really good news: Our signage for the Telegraph office building in Berlin has been awarded GOLD at the Indigo Design Award too. So great!


So nice! One more Award for our wayfinding system of the ZAL in Hamburg!

Really nice: Our signage (Building wayfinding system as well as car park lettering) of the ZAL has been awarded GOLD at Indigo Design Award! A good reason to celebrate!


Wayfinding system of the ZAL in Hamburg: new movie!


New wayfinding system for GERCH at “The Q” in Nuremberg.

Approximately 250,000 m2 in size, the former Quelle building in Nuremberg is the second largest vacant building in Germany. The GERCH has joined up with architects kister scheithauer gross to develop the section 1 of the 10.9 ha site into a vibrant urban quarter, combining work and living with a high amenity value. The transformation of this iconic ensemble takes great care to handle the heritage-listed architecture of Ernst Neufert with the greatest respect.
Retail, gastronomy, kindergarten and a branch of Nuremberg’s public authority are also planned as further uses of “The Q”.

We are looking forward to the exciting challenge of developing the wayfinding system for section 1 of this new quarter!

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Studio Gourdin is planning the temporary wayfinding system for the “Jupiter” project, on behalf of the Hamburg Kreativ Gesellschaft

2023 sees the Hamburg Kreativ Gesellschaft operating “Jupiter” once again, in the former Karstadt-Sport building, in a move that will enable vacant space in the city centre to be made available for temporary, creative use up to the end of the year. Design shops, art galleries, various event spaces, café and bar. One particular highlight is the roof top with former ice rink featuring views across the city centre, which can also be used for event purposes.

We’re looking forward to designing the temporary wayfinding system - another exciting signage assignment!

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Just commissioned : New wayfinding system of the Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst Leipzig (Academy fo fine Arts and Design Leipzig).

In collaboration with Woltereck Fitzner Architekten (Leipzig), Studio Gourdin has been assigned with the design and planning of the orientation system at the Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig (HGB). With its close links to the book trade as well as the painting style of the , the HGB can look back on a long and distinguished history, the roots of which are found in the second half of the 18th century. The venerable building dates from the Wilhelminian period and is characterised by its E-shaped floor plan, organised around a central building with atrium – a layout which also provides a challenge for orientation.

We are looking forward to a further joint project with our architect colleagues in Leipzig, with whom we are also working to develop the signage and orientation system for the castles, fortresses and gardens of Saxony.

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Telegraph Berlin featured in “irregular”!

Really great: Our wayfinding system of Telegraph Berlin has been featured in “irregular”, a type magazine published by the French type foundry 205TF. Furthermore the project has been listed on Fonts in Use with the label “Staff Pick“, another nice tribute to one of our nicest projects…

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Tender win for a wayfinding of a district house with library in Erlangen!

Great! Our signage and wayfinding system proposal for the district house of Büchenbach with district library in Erlangen (Bavaria) has been successful. We were very happy about these good news. We'll run teh project in the new year!


nathanael-gourdin.com is online!

After developing an own font for the corporate design of Nathanaël Gourdin's artistic project in the summer, we were able to launch the website nathanael-gourdin.com today. Exciting!

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New article by Czechdesign about the Prague Wayfinding System competition

Almost exactly a year ago, we submitted our entry to the first round of the competition for the new wayfinding system for the city of Prague and for the Prague metro. Two weeks later we received feedback that we had been recommended with two other studios for the second competition phase. But only one can win and we took 2nd place, after all. How all the entries looked like and an interview of the participants can be found here (in Czech) or for download in English here.

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New film about our ZAL Car park signage!

Boring car park? Not with us. For the ZAL we have transferred the design approach of the signage of the office building to the new car park, and developed it further… The atmosphere thus created establishes clear added value for the building and gets visitors in the mood for the ZAL: a very special place. What better way to give you an impression than with a flight through the car park… Watch the movie on or YouTube channel too.

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In the footsteps of Caspar David Friedrich in Greifswald

A great start to November: Studio Gourdin has been assigned with the conception and design of the wayfinding system to mark the 250th birthday of Caspar David Friedrich in Greifswald, in 2024. We are delighted with our success in this competition! More to follow…


Nearly reached the goal in Jena!

Our proposal for the new city wayfinding for the Thuringian city of Jena makes it to 2nd place. More pictures to follow…

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First pictures of our multi-storey car park for ZAL in Hamburg

We do not want to withhold first impressions of our signage design for the ZAL car park in Hamburg any longer… Discover here our first pictures! More in the next few days.

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New signage project for an office park in Hamburg

Cool! We were commissioned to design a wayfinding system of a new office park in Hamburg. We’ll begin shortly…


Final opening of the Humboldt Forum

With the opening of the East Wing by Claudia Roth (Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media), the entire Humboldt Forum is now open. From today, the presentation of the collections of the Ethnological Museum and the Asian Art Museum will be accessible in a tour on two levels.
Both the reconstruction of the palace and the provenance of the collection holdings repeatedly caused justified debates during their realisation. With their partly workshop character, the exhibitions already show how these issues were taken up during completion and how there is an opportunity for a measurable reappraisal of history. 
The Humboldt Forum will do more justice than ever to the public forum. Good thing!


Without doubt, it was one of the most important projects of our studio in past years where we spent many energy do design the wayfinding system as well as the exhibition graphics.



Signage of ZAL car park completed!

We developed the signage for the new multi-storey car park for the ZAL (Center of Applied Aeronautical Research). It consists of the the parking decks lettering on the floor and in the stairwell as well as huge façade graphics (18 m high). Here is a foretaste of the realisation, more pictures will follow soon. Last year, we had already implemented the building wayfinding system of the ZAL, which was awarded silver at the European Design Awards 2022.

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Studio Gourdin wins silver award at the European Design Awards 2022!

Wow, this is so amazing! We are very proud and happy our wayfinding system for ZAL (Center of Applied Aeronautical Research) in Hamburg has been awarded SILVER at the European Design Awards 2022 in the category ’Signs & Displays’. Many thanks to our client ZAL for trusting our services!


The making of our façade lettering for the ZAL car park in Hamburg

The façade lettering (up to approx. 60 ft height) has been realized quite quickly. Next step: lettering ot the staircases !

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You can find the time-lapse here too.


New headquarters wayfinding system

New project in the region of Frankfurt: we have been commissioned by Drees & Sommer to develope a new wayfinding system for headquarters. Stay tuned!


New office project in Berlin Kreuzberg

Studio Gourdin has been commissioned by Signature Capital to design a new wayfinding system for the Ritterstraße Yard Complex in Berlin Kreuzberg. Beautiful architecture and an exciting history! Stay tuned…


Façade graphics of the new ZAL car park: we’ve started today!

Work has begun today on the realisation of our façade graphics for the ZAL car park in Hamburg Finkenwerder. The up to 60 ft working height is not for anxious people… We are looking forward to the next steps in the following days!

With the façade lettering, we continue the design aesthetics ot the ZAL building wayfinding system outwards.

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One of 141

Work has begun on the realisation of our wayfinding system for Research Campus in Hamburg Bahrenfeld has begun. The 141 foundations have already been laid! In the coming months, all wayfinding elements will be successively implemented. The coming months will now see the successive implementation of all information elements. The signage for the 60-hectare campus comprises a total of 333 elements. This is an indication of the complexity of this distinctive science location! So: stay tuned!


Hamburg Congress Center reopens after renovation!

After five years of renovation, the Hamburg Congress Center (CCH) is back in full operation. With 50 multifunctional halls on an area of ​​36,000 m2, the CCH is one of the largest congress centers in Europe. It was expanded and revitalized according to plans agn leusmann / Tim Hupe Architekten. In addition to a capacity of 12,000 people, a large hall for 3,000 people and 12,000 m2 of exhibition space, the location of the CCH is unbeatable: in the middle of the city, right by the Dammtor train station. You can find first pictures here and for the TV news click here.

We are happy about one more project in the infrastructure and event sector! More pictures of our wayfinding system will follow soon...


YES! Nomination for the European Design Awards 2022

So great! Our wayfinding system for ZAL (Center of Applied Aeronautical Research) in Hamburg has been nominated for the European Design Awards 2022. The race has begun to win more! Stay tuned…


Free Desk for Creatives #standwithukraine #standforukraine #ukrainesupport #refugeeswelcome #youarewelcome

We are offering a free desk for ukrainian creatives in Hamburg. High speed internet und coffee included! Just get in touch with us! office@studio-gourdin.com


2nd place: Competition for the new Touristic wayfinding system of the city of Prague and its underground railway network

There can only be one winner! Nevertheless, we are incredibly proud of our second place in the two-stage, international competition for the new touristic wayfinding system of the city of Prague as well as its underground railway network. What a challenge, and how great that we, together with Capitale Berlin / Daniel Perraudin (typography), Sheraz Khan (cartography) and Gerit Lippert (UX design), were chosen alongside three other high-calibre teams to develop a vision for future navigation through and around Prague – both over ground and underground! It was one of the most intensive and complex tasks of recent months. And we learned a great deal in the process, naturally...

The competition was staged by Czechdesign (Czech Design Center) on behalf of ROPID (Prague Transport Company).


Wayfinding article in the ZAL Yearbook 2021

The role played by the wayfinding system in its office building for the image of a company is something that the Center of Applied Aeronautical Research in Hamburg (ZAL) is particularly aware of. It creates a distinctive working atmosphere and reinforces the connection between employees and the company. Good orientation once again points the way towards good motivation and team spirit…

We are delighted with a 4-page article in the ZAL Yearbook 2021. You can download the yearbook here.

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Congress Center Hamburg Wayfinding: well on track!

The realisation of the signage system for Congress Center Hamburg is proceeding at a pace! With approx. 50 halls - some of which are individually configurable - on a surface area of 36,000 m², the revitalised CCH is one of the largest event locations in northern Germany. We are looking forward to the great result! More to follow.


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Telegraph Berlin featured on “Fonts in Use”

Our signage for the Telegraph Berlin has just been published on Fonts in Use. We are all the more pleased that the project with the Garaje from 205TF also made it into the »Staff Pic« category!

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Project completed: Telegraph Berlin

How can signage help improve amenity value? By lending a clear identity! Take a look at our Telegraph project!

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Wayfinding for the transport systems and the city of Prague

We are delighted to have been given the opportunity to take part in the competition for the new signage for the city of Prague. The goal is to develop a signage system that serves both public transport use and tourist orientation and guidance. An especially practical undertaking in the era of mobility transition! Alongside Studio Gourdin, our competence team comprises Daniel Perraudin (typographer, Capitale Berlin), Gerit Lippert (UX designer) and Sheraz Khan (cartographer). The competition is staged by Czechdesign (Czech Design Center) on behalf of ROPID (Prague Transport Company). Let‘s go to work! Find more Informations here.


Humbold Forum – Opening of the Ethnologisches Museum and the Museum für Asiatische Kunst

The moment has arrived: Today sees the Ethnologisches Museum and the Museum für Asiatische Kunst open their doors to visitors. The opening ceremony took place yesterday in the presence of German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier. His candid speech regarding the forthcoming tasks of the museums was followed by a very moving address from the Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. The ceremony can be seen here in Relive. More about the project here.

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Lugdunum Lyon – Gallo-Roman Museum

First pictures of our new signage project for the Gallo-Roman museumLugdunum” in Lyon (France). An impressive architecture from 1975 by the French architect Bernard Zehrfuss (1911–1996). We will start shortly!

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Cross Innovation Lab 2021: Climate

What happens when transport companies and state infrastructure authorities collaborate with three creative professionals (Ulrich GrenzJonas Voigt and Nathanaël Gourdin) in considering the issue of mobility? The result is exciting and unexpected solutions with a focus on mobility culture and quality of life.

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In the scope of the “Cross Innovation Lab 2021: Climate” initiated by the Hamburg Kreativ Gesellschaft a participative communication concept for a new mobility culture was developed, with the aim of encouraging citizens to practice sustainable mobility, further developing the urban space in the process.

In the form of a competition, an app is used to collect points via CO2 tracking, which can be used to redesign parking spaces (rePlace) for a 6-month period. With the aid of augmented reality, the Parklet modules available for selection (stage, exhibition space, mini market, lounge, cycle repair station…) can be visualised at the chosen location. This will create new spaces of interaction for a city with a high quality of life. The competition format utilises the incentive of creative involvement and participation in mobility transition: the more sustainable the mobility, the more the city becomes a public, vibrant and future-capable habitat – Moving City for Future. 

Concise, fresh and flexible: the MovingHH umbrella brand created for the project serves both the communication process for a new mobility culture in Hamburg and the identification of the Parklets as an initial step. It is designed for both independent use and as an add-on to other brands.

When mobility encourages a change of direction...


Our creative team
Ulrich Grenz: Architect, founder and partner of asdfg Architekten BDA
Jonas Voigt: Freelance designer and strategist, further information at jonas—voigt.com
Nathanaël Gourdin: Designer, founder and director of Studio Gourdin GmbH

Hamburger Hochbahn, Hamburger Verkehrsverbund, hySOLUTIONS, Landesbetrieb Straßen, Brücken und Gewässer, Behörde für Verkehr und Mobilitätswende, PMO#Digital; with Melanie Mergler, Laura Ehrenberg, Kathrin Gisdon, Joachim Wiucha, Lilli Russ, Florian Magin, Daniel Schulz and Dominik Radzuweit.

Further information on the Cross Innovation Lab website: Culture for sustainable mobility.


Lugdunum: our new project in France!

Studio Gourdin was commissioned by Lugdunum, an archaeological museum in Lyon, for the new wayfinding system and the exhibition graphics. We look forward to this new challenge.


Ready! Our exhibition for Hapag Lloyd is now open.

Shortly before the beginning of the celebrations marking the 175th anniversary of the founding of the Hamburg-Amerikanische Packetfahrt-Actien-Gesellschaft (Hapag), predecessor of the present-day Hapag Lloyd AG, our exhibition was opened in the cupola of the company headquarters on Ballindamm. We would like to thank our client HC Stader GmbH and Hapag Lloyd AG for the excellent collaboration and wish all visitors a wonderful time! Pictures of the exhibition will follow shortly…


First pictures of the French Pavilion…

Strikingly elegant… The implementation of our wayfinding system for the French Pavilion in Dresden is progressing. Mehr in Kürze!


Black boxes of the Grottensaal completed!

Our showcases with unique finds from the grotto hall in the Mathematisch-Physikalischer Salon (Royal Cabinet of Mathematical and Physical Instruments) are completed! A new look at the past of the Dresden Zwinger...


Competition for stops for the Dortmund Stadtbahn

There can only be one winner, unfortunately it wasn’t us! But many thanks to studio schlotthauer matthiessen – architecturemade for inviting us to take part. It was great fun! See more here.


The signage for ZAL (Center of Applied Aeronautical Research) is completed!

We are very pleased about the very positive client and users feedback! Have a look at our first pictures here


New exhibition project!

We are currently working on a new corporate exhibition project in a listed monument. Great challenge… Stay tuned!


New wayfinding project in Hamburg

Studio Gourdin has been commissioned by Bonava Deutschland GmbH to design the wayfinding of “Luruper Höfe”, a new residential area in Hamburg. Great!


New project in North Rhine-Westphalia

We are looking forward to develop a wayfinding system for a swimming pool, commissioned by the dutch architecture studio Slangen + Koenis! More informations coming soon…


Cross Innovation Lab 2021 – Glad to be part of it!

The experts for the Cross Innovation Lab of the Hamburg Kreativ Gesellschaft have recently been selected. I am pleased to be part of the team with 11 other colleagues!

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According to Hamburg Kreativ Gesellschaft, at the Cross Innovation Lab "creative professionals and companies work for several weeks in interdisciplinary teams on innovation projects and needs of the industry. Click here for more informations on this exciting format…



Our new stamps are here!

After a very special year we have had our first stamp series printed for the start of 2021. Colourful, dynamic and filled with messages of hope! We are looking forward to the coming year with great confidence!

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Humboldt Forum opened yesterday!

Really nice digital opening of the Humboldt Forum yesterday evening! And our wayfinding system was shown in the tv-news…

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More informations here and there. Come in for a visit!


New project in Berlin-Mitte!

Studio Gourdin was commissioned with the wayfinding system of the former telegraph building office. We are pleased!

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More informations here.


Humboldt Forum Building Corporate Design

Production is well under way!

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More informations here.


ZAL Workshop

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Thanks to ZAL (Center of Applied Aeronautical Research) for the great Workshop on environmental graphics and signage yesterday. Really inspiring time! We are looking forward to the next workshop.


Potsdam Science Park Workshop

Great signage workshop yesterday at Potsdam Science Park! Many thanks to all participants for their motivation an input. We are looking forward to the next steps!

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More informations here.

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