How can a message be conveyed with signs without language and text? Sibylle Schlaich teaches again at the Institute of Design. Pictograms are not only applied to the finished structure, but also help in the planning phases to communicate and present functions or processes. The students explore what pictorial signs convey alongside the content: an identity, belonging to a building, a company, a time or even a country.
The final totem of the orientation and signage system has been installed and stands at the access road to the Carmen Würth Forum, the congress and cultural centre built by Chipperfield Architects, directly opposite the company headquarters of Adolf Würth GmbH & Co. KG. In contrast to the signage system found across the open spaces of the company headquarters, this totem’s header prominently features an illuminated logo of the Carmen Würth Forum. > Project
Heike Nehl and Anna König von Moniteurs with Sveta Goldstein and Tobias Kuster from Geneva form one of eight teams that will participate in the Hackathon - a collaborative software and hardware development event. This event will be hosted by Vitra (Swiss designer furniture manufacturer), supported by Frame Magazine. Investigating our needs for living and working environments, technologies, and the interface between them, participants will aim to find answers to the question which objects and spaces will survive in a hyper-connectible future – and why.
Also this year, the Filmgalerie 451 is represented with a documentary by Heinz Emigholz at the Berlinale. "Two Basilicas" is a confrontation and juxtaposition of two churches. Stefan Kanter from Moniteurs designed the poster, which is already the thirteenth in this series. Adrian Curry writes on the film portal "MUBI": „I was first struck by this beautiful poster, above, for his 2013 film The Airstrip and, digging deeper, I discovered a whole series of posters for Emigholz’s work which adhere to a similar deceptively utilitarian style…“ > Berlinale 2018
On December 18, Mannheim celebrated the handover of the new Kunsthalle to the city. Only briefly was it open and many interested came. The building designed by gmp-Architekten, Interior by Axel Kufus with OHstudio and the wayfinding system designed and planned by Moniteurs! The house will finally open on 1 June 2018.
Interaction – Set 15
We wish everyone a happy 2018! > happy18
Since its founding in 1996, the Annual Multimedia Award has demonstrated the vibrancy of digital brand communication. Moniteurs won with the microsite "Bridge Finder", designed and developed for the Footbridge conference. The digital compass informs about 73 selected bridge designs and invites you for a walk in Berlin. > project
Anita Meier of Moniteurs was invited to the Department of Typography and Communication at University of Reading in England. For a day, the students learnt about multisensory wayfinding and smellscapes, and they also had a go at doing a smell map of the campus.
Sibylle Schlaich will once again be giving a seminar on signs and their non-verbal communication at the Institute of Design. Using examples, possible applications are investigated, researched in buildings and urban space. In addition to presentation and drawing style analysis, pictograms are designed and drawn by the students.
The BDG – German Association for Communication designer invites to a panel discussion. Boris Kochan discusses company identity, brands and products with Heike Nehl and Lars Harmsen and how they are increasingly shaped by their users in their development, care and perception. > Announcement
On September 6th it starts and the preparations for the conference go full-speed. Posters and wayfinding are hang up, the website has grown. In the run-up, participants from all over the world have introduced ideas for new pedestrian bridges in Berlin, city of water. This precious collection of 73 selected bridge designs is published in a book, designed by Moniteurs. Everyone has the possibility with „Bridgefinder", a web-app specially designed for the conference of Moniteurs to explore these bridge. Good luck to the bridge builders! > Bridgefinder
With their holistic view of the design process, the Iconic Awards create a new dimension of the architecture award. The focus is on the interplay of the trades in the context of architecture. We are looking forward to a new Iconic Award! The wayfinding system for the Deutsche Museum in Munich is Winner in the category "Communication".> Project
We are delighted that the wayfinding system for the Deutsche Museum in München has received so much recognition. > Project
Moniteurs wayfindig system for the Deutsche Museum in Munich were selected by the jury of the European Design Awards 2017 and won Bronze! > Project
Sibylle Schlaich was invited to speak about orientation systems, the current work of Moniteurs in space and surrounding with architecture, as part of the lecture series "6 x Tuesdays at 6" organized by the Faculty of Architecture and Landscape.
Spring – sun – outside! On the way to the Temeplhofer Feld along the airport building. The listed building still belongs to the longest building of the world and is used as an buisness and event location. Moniteurs designed the overall orientation system for the outdoor area. > Project
A book divided into 18 chapters shows internationale wayfinding projects in their different context. Released by ARTPOWER, the most professional art-related book publishing agencies in the Asia-pacific region. Moniteurs wayfinding systems are represented with: Aufbau Haus, BMW Leipzig Plant, Potsdamer Platz and the Berlin Brandenburg Airport.
The Kulturpalast Dresden will ceremonially reopened. In the future many different people will move through the building. At all times it counts for everyone to offer an ideal orientation. It was the particular challenge for us designing the signage system. > Project
The “International Institute for Information Design” awards every third year. This Year 53 projects were awarded. Our Wayfinding system for the Deutsche Museum in Munich were selected. > Project
On April, 13th the International Garden Exhibition Berlin will open. The new visitor centre will welcome visitors with the exhibition "Gardens of the World“. Exhibition subjects include, among others, ten themed gardens and nine international contemporary gardens. Moniteurs developed the exhibition design and its contents and were responsible for the implementation. > Project
10 years ago, UNESCO named Berlin the "City of Design". Robert Eysoldt and Raban Ruddigkeit used the 10th jubilee to publish the book "Berlin Design Digest" which presents a collection of 100 successful and internationally relevant projects realized by design agencies based in Berlin. The book showcases the wayfinding system for the Airport Berlin Brandenburg by Moniteurs. > Berlin Design Digest
Summer term 2017 at the university hannover – Institute for art and design. Sibylle Schlaich sets the subject “reading places” for the students. The group will explore, analyze and evaluate places in Hannover. The target will be to appraise and to encroach on the phenomenon.
With the new building and reconstruction of the Charité in Berlin-Mitte an extension of the wayfinding system was required. Firstly Moniteurs has been commissioned to develop an analyse-report, followed by the facade application for the rescue center, the development of an entire new pictogram family, wayfinding signage in the foyer and elevator vestibules of the 21 levels tower building, including wall application. > Project
Even though there are large construction works until 2025, the museum will remain open for visitors. Moniteurs new wayfinding system for the museum is able to respond to ongoing changes. Stefan Schilling, our photographer took photos for us of the current state. >Zum Projekt
The design department is inviting to the series of lectures called “Link". Sibylle Schlaich from Moniteurs gives a talk about the “Link" between the beholder and space – the wayfinding system. > LINK
The department architecture communication “a'komm” at the Institute of Technology in Karlsruhe was founded to analyze the basics of communication and intermediation of architecture. In a lecture and following workshop Heike Nehl talks about Moniteurs work and gets into a dialogue with the students to work on the subject architecture and wayfinding. What is fascinating about wayfinding, about installing graphically messages in space , so that people feel guided. >KIT
Again, the Iconic Award nominated a Moniteurs project as a winner in the category Communication/Guidance system. The international architecture and design competition focus on the interplay between all the disciplines in the architecture, construction and real estate sector and the design and productive industries. >Winner
After its closing, the Airport Berlin Tegel will turn into a research and industrial park. For the 550 ha big territory the Tegel Projekt GmbH was looking for a partner to develop an integrated Wayfinding system. PSY:PLAN an d Moniteurs applied together and have been awarded for the project. Visualisation: Reicher Haase Associierte
The International Conference “Footbridge” organised by the Chair of Conceptual and Structural Design at TU Berlin welcomes many bridge designers and builders from all over the world to share their views, to exchange ideas, to learn and to meet colleagues and friends. Moniteurs designed the new Corporate design and implemented it into the whole event information material like poster, flyer and the website for the 6th conference in Berlin. >footbridge2017.com
33pt, the Graphic Design Conference at the FH Dortmund and the Köln International School of Design (KISD) goes in to the next round. Under the guests from europe of the already 7th conference also is Sibylle Schlaich from Moniteurs. >33pt
Mannheim has a new art gallery. The architectonic idea of the city within the city needs to be realized with the new building. The architects are gmp - Architekten von Gerkan, Marg und Partner. To change the structural corporate design, the foundation held a competition, selecting the team of Axel Kufus and Moniteurs. A distinctive structural corporate design will be created with interior, furnishings and visitor guide system. Visualisation: gmp
The spark was the competition for the One World Trade Center — sbp has also been in New York for the last 10 years. A cause for celebration and a reason to give a detailed story of the office. For sbp, Moniteurs has developed a microsite, providing a suitable stage from which to present the times, its witnesses and the projects of the office. >Now online
Moniteurs has won the pitch for the exhibition design concept and realisation of the visitor centre of the “Gardens of the World”. The International Garden Festival will take place in Berlin in 2017. The centrepiece will be the extended gardens of the world and visitors will be introduced to the gardens in a new visitor centre. Moniteurs will be supported by landscape architect Susanne Yacoub. Foto: ©ww+; Esch-sur-Alzette > Project
In a report at the FH Vorarlberg in Austria, Heike Nehl presents the creative work in developing a wayfinding system and reconsider the W-questions: who, where, why and whereto? How does the interaction of analog and digital media changes the perception? Sign is a sign is a sign – each sign is a part of a system and all together they build a communication chain – what is all behind?
What is exciting about wayfinding, about installing graphical messages in space, so that people follow them? How is signage connected with other media, for example with digital media? Sibylle Schlaich, founder and managing director of Moniteurs Kommunikationsdesign GmbH, has designed and implemetend wayfinding systems for the last fifteen years. At the Goethe Institut in Krakow she will present Moniteurs current work.
This spring Heike Nehl and Sibylle Schlaich are again invited as guest professors in China at the CDK (the Chinese German Art Academy in Hangzhou). Since 10 years the CDK is the cooperation partner university of the UdK Berlin. This year the subject for the student will be “space and identity”.
The new wayfinding system in the Märkische Viertel is completed. Since the beginning of the year the system was installed, designed and planned by moniteurs. > Project
“Signs and Pictograms” are centered in a Workshop at the architecture department of the University of Applied Science in Saarbrücken. Sibylle Schlaich from Moniteurs is bringing the subject and is holding the workshop at the 24th of february.
121 Offices applied for the open and international advertised architecture and design competition. Gerber Architects with Moniteurs reached the second and last stage with three other applicants. Moniteurs developed, connecting to the architecture, the signage concept for the Terekhovo Station in Moskow.
On the occasion of planing a new study course with a digital focus, the design department organised on february the 10th a panel discussion with the subject “designing the digital future”. One of several speakers on podium is Heike Nehl from Moniteurs.
As an important dependance of the main office in Stuttgart, schlaich bergermann partner realised many exciting projects in Berlin since 10 years. Moniteurs could accompany this time with analog and digital designworks. Many thanks and congratulations!
The first 6 issues of the DVD edition are here. For 25 years, the Filmgalerie has published the films of Christoph Schlingensief, and for 20 years, Moniteurs has has accompanied the Filmgalerie with posters, titles and cover art.
Moniteurs assisted in the rebranding of schlaich bergermann partners and created a new visual identity, including internet presence, in close cooperation with the client and developers – now online!> To the website
For our last relaunch, we asked Alexander Branczyk to provide us with a new, very light version of our corporate font “Monico”, which he originally designed in 1994. Together with Georg Seifert, he expanded the font family, which is now presented in the type book from Slanted.
In October, the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research opened, where over 200 scientists from all over the world now conduct their research. Moniteurs adopted the colour concept of the architecture and the coding of the three components with different bright colours in the orientation system, and reinforced it through associative terms. > Project
Entry into the Aufbau Haus 84, designed by Barkow Leibinger, mediates between the historic Elsnerhaus (1914) and the first construction phase Aufbau Haus 85. Moniteurs continued the concept developed for Haus 85, so that both buildings are connected by the same orientation system.
Moniteurs, accompanied by PSY:PLAN, has been commissioned by the city of Berlin, to analyse the tourist wayfinding systems of ten major national and international cities. The task is to evaluate how these wayfinding concepts are applicable to a future system in Berlin. Dresden, Potsdam, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Bristol, London, New York, Sydney, Wien und Zürich will be analysed.
The Upper West, consisting of a 118m high tower and a building complex directly on Breitscheidtplatz in Berlin, is one of the biggest buildings in City West and breaks new ground. With a total surface area of 53,000 square metres, there will be, as of 2016, retail spaces, offices and to date the largest hotel in the Motel One group. Moniteurs designed a concept which encompasses both the representation of the tenants in the various buildings and the orientation in the tower and the complex.
In 2017, GrünBerlin, in cooperation with the IGA, will host the Internationale Gartenausstellung (International Garden Show) in a 100 hectare area at the “Gärten der Welt” (Gardens of the World) and at Kienberg Park. Moniteurs could qualify for the tender of the outline planning of the orientation and information concept for Gärten der Welt/IGA Berlin 2017.
Moniteurs has won the competition to design a new orientation system for the Deutsche Museum Munich. In single construction stages the museum will be extensively modernized and restructured until 2025. For Moniteurs the core of the task is the development of a signage concept for the inner and outdoor areas with the focus on the collection building and the museum island.
Moniteurs has been commissioned by Gerber Architects International to develop the orientation system for a metro station in Riyadh. The Architects are one of the winner, beside Snøhetta and Zaha Hadid Architects, of the invited international competition of the High Commission for the Development of Arriyadh. The signageincludes the Olaya Parc, the exterior of the statio, public and non-public areas, shopping and retail area and the underground parking. Visualisation: Gerber Architects international
The city quarter DomAquarée, with a total rentable space of 71,000m², lies in the historical centre of Berlin, opposite the Berlin Cathedral. In addition to many shops and a multitude of restaurants, one can find apartments, flexible office spaces and a four-star hotel. Moniteurs has been commissioned by Bilfinger Real Estate to design a new orientation system for the outdoor area.
Carlswerk is an industrial complex with a one hundred year history, and at approximately 126,000m², the largest urban industrial campus in Cologne. Cultural institutions, restaurants, offices and production facilities have made the former industrial site their home, turning it into a vibrant, lively city quarter. Moniteurs designed the Carlswerk brand and the orientation system for the location. Image: BEOS
The new building for the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research is located at Telegrafenberg in Potsdam, a site of great historical and international significance. The building was designed by the architectural firm BHBVT, while Moniteurs designed the orientation system and strengthened the visual identity of this striking building. Visualization: BHBVT > Project
Moniteurs has won the international competition, open by invitation, to design a new orientation system for the entire area of the BMW Research and Innovation Centre in Munich. Moniteurs has now been commissioned to develop a master concept 2050 for analogue and digital wayfinding. The first step should already take place in 2015 – signage of the new concept on a renovated building. Visualisation: Henn Architekten
The pleasant highlight of the winter semester 2014/15 was the degree-show of the University Bielefeld/Design department. The concept for a new corporate design and a digital guide as a webapp were developed and designed by a team of students, taught and supported by Heike Nehl.
Moniteurs wins silver in the category "Healthcare" with "Doctors without Borders" and bronze in the catagory "Wayshowing" with the Signage project for the DGUV. The International Institute for Information Design (IIID) is a global network of individuals and organisations who are interested in optimizing information and information systems for knowledge transfer in everyday life.
Heike Nehl and Sibylle Schlaich have been invited to talk at Haus Wellensiek in Bielefeld on the 11th of February. They will be asking the following questions: how does digital media support orientation and what role does analogue information play in the orientation systems of spaces? How can both worlds compliment each other? Through their work with orientation systems, the design office wishes to show how rapidly change has been accomplished, not least in the mind of the visitor/user.
The jury has awarded second place to the design by kadawittfeldarchitektur and Moniteurs. The requirement was to develop a structural corporate design for the representation of the Federal Republic of Germany abroad. “The discovery of lightness” formed the basis of the concept. The new offices were designed to be light, open, friendly and trustworthy like the society they represent. The elegant corporate design should convey a positive, future-looking impression abroad.
The Association of German Architects (BDA) wishes to redevelop and improve its internet presence. Suitable applicants were invited to compete in a closed competition. The pitch by Moniteurs, together with null2, was the winner.
Moniteurs designed the communication media for the colloquium "Constructive engineering" at the Institute of Construction Engineering of the TU Berlin. The series of lectures picks up the latest, important and most interesting issues, for example the culture of bridge building in Berlin. Engineers from planning offices, administrations, building enterprises and students shall discuss and brought together.
Every winter semester at the Hochschule Schwäbisch Gmünd is held a so called "laboratory week". Students work in interdisciplinary workshops together. Sibylle Schlaich has been invited to hold an workshop about Orientation and Signage. Different signages should be developed, either digital or analog. Anything goes. Which most interesting, beautiful or directly way hits the mark.
From the 20th of October, the DGUV (Deutsche Gesetzliche Unfallversicherung) will have a new headquarters. Moniteurs designed the orientation system for the new building, located on the corner of Glinkastraße and Französische Straße. The building was designed by Grüntuch Ernst Architects and contains conference rooms, reception area, office spaces and an underground car park.
The first iBook of the engineering consultants schlaich bergermann and partner, designed by Moniteurs, will be launched on the 20th of October. The digital medium presents the highly complex projects with the issue “moveable structures” with films, slideshows, many images, text and music in a vitalized way.
Within the scope of the project “Westfalenhalle Signage” supervised by Professor Martin Middelhauve, Lars Harmsen and Alexander Branczyk, Sibylle Schlaich has given a talk about "Orientation and Identity" at the FH Dortmund.
Heike Nehl is teaching Interaction design at the Fachhochschule Bielefeld this winter semester. Her project “Digital Orientation” addresses to design students and students of new media informatics of the University Bielefeld. Together they will engaged in the subject “mobile guide” and develop concepts and prototypes. > Blog about the project
“VisionPlus Vienna: transforming information” is a conference, organized by the International Institute for Information Design (IIID), to examine the role of the Isotype transformer 90 years on. The venue is dedicated to Marie Neurath. Much of her early work for the Gesellschafts- und Wirtschaftsmuseum was pathbreaking. Siyblle Schlaich und Heike Nehl are invited to join the conference as speakers.
The beginning of June will see the 15th “Children and Youth Welfare Day”, with Berlin as this year’s host city. The event will take place in a dedicated area of 1,300 square metres, supported by the 12 districts of Berlin and sponsors. Moniteurs is in charge of the exhibition design, while xplicit has designed the exhibition graphics for over 50 participants. Individually designed, modular elements will be combined to create a cityscape, accompanied by experimental artwork. > To the project
Moniteurs is to be a guest at “Wednesday Seminars” at the university of Design Schwäbish Gmünd on the issue “communication in space”. Experts from the fields of design, art and culture, science and industry are invited to speak on current topics in their respective fields.
Sibylle Schlaich has been invited by Professor Skopec to speak at “Beziehungsweisen” (“Making Connections”) in the class of Visual Systems. She will talk primarily about the design process with respect to large projects, and on the topic of orientation systems.
Right in the centre of Berlin, on the corner of Französische Straße and Glinkastraße, the Deutsche Gesetzliche Unfallversicherung, the DGUV (German Social Insurance Organisation) is under construction. The administration building, designed by Grüntuch Ernst Architects, has been awarded the Gold Certificate from the German Sustainable Building Council. Moniteurs, commissioned directly by the DGUV, has designed the building's orientation system, and should be completed later this year. Visualisation: Grüntuch Ernst Architects BDA
The historical Palace of Culture in Dresden, a national heritage site, will be renovated by the architects von Gerkan, Marg and partners. Moniteurs has designed the orientation system, commissioned by Kommunale Immobelien Dresden. From 2017, Dresden will once again have a cultural centre with a concert hall, a central library and a cabaret theatre. Visualisation: gmp Architects
A vision forum for an even more unusual material in construction, with speakers who are among the most distinguished and experienced in constructing with carbon. Moniteurs has designed the website and the print media for the conference at the Technical University of Berlin. > To the project
After the successful book on orientation systems by Per Mollerup was published at the end of last year, there is now a second book on the topic, completely revised and with a greater practical section. It will mainly cover orientation systems for major projects and public spaces. The orientation system for the Berlin Brandenburg Airport by Moniteurs is also among the selected works covered.
Filmgalerie 451 presents the following at the Berlinale 2014: “The Airstrip” by Heinz Emigholz, “Three stones for Jean Genet” by Frieder Schlaich with Patti Smith, “Everything that rises must converge” by Omer Fast, “La ultima pelicula” by Ray Martin & Mark Peranson. Posters and booklet for the party in the Berghain Kantine were designed by Moniteurs. Printed by Xplicit in Risograph. > To the project
Moniteurs to visit WEISSRAUM (Whiteroom), a forum for visual design in Innsbruck. WEISSRAUM is an initiative for those who are more graphically aware and for those concerned with shape and form. Well-known designers from all over the world will give presentations and run workshops and on the 1st of April, Moniteurs has been invited to give its own presentation.
The Märkische Quarter in Berlin is a metropolitan area of 3.2 square kilometres with nearly 40,000 residents, the orientation of which is not easy. The district office of Berlin Reineckendorf recently held a competition to redesign the orientation system, which Moniteurs won in 2013, and the firm, accompanied by the environmental psychologists from PSY:PLAN, will be working on a new concept. PSY:PLAN will research and consult for the project in the fields of architecture and the psychology of perception. Moniteurs already worked intensely in this area in 2006, developing an orientation system for several residential buildings for the organisation Gesobau. > Project
Type Talk, on the 28th of November at 6:30pm with Heike Nehl and Sibylle Schlaich, on the visual identity of the Berlin Brandenburg Airport, which has not yet opened: the orientation system, closely connected to the corporate design elements, and with its own font, has long made headlines in the international design scene. Organised by Jürgen Siebert, the free “Type Talk” series takes place monthly in the Apple Store on Kurfürstendamm.
“Fontwalk” wins “Gold” at this year’s Annual Multimedia Award. Since 1996, the competition has shone a spotlight on outstanding work in the digital domain. Moniteurs developed the microsite “Fontwalk” for Fontshop, which showcases the latest fonts and trends in the world of typefaces. At “Fontwalk”, the user is guided on a journey through the fonts, where moving pictures illustrate the history of each font while simultaneously highlighting its unique qualities and features. > To the project
This Autumn, Sibylle Schlaich and Heike Nehl are guest professors in China at the Chinesisch Deutschen Kunstakademie (Chinese German Academy of the Arts) in Hangzhou. A cooperation project between the UdK Berlin (Berlin University of the Arts) and the CAA (Chinese Art Academy), their work concerns the subject of airports and new creative approaches to vastly different fields of design. Their lectures will include all communication media employed at an airport, infographics, orientation systems, the corporate design of an airport, the corporate design of an airline, digital media such as apps, infographics on the airfield and the graphical use of space.
“1 : 1 – Signage, Orientation, Identity” is a special book. It not only describes the projects of the last ten years and the way of working of the communications design company Moniteurs, but the projects are also graphically brought into focus: in this way the book shows Moniteurs’ orientation systems on a 1 : 1 scale. Book launch Tuesday, 24th September, 7pm, Reading Room, Berlin, Guest Speaker: Jürgen Siebert > To the project