Dutchman points millions in the right direction

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His creations may be better known than Vincent van Gogh's paintings. Millions of people have been peering at them. But hardly anyone knows that Dutch designer Paul Mijksenaar created the signage at airports like JFK in New York, Amsterdam's Schiphol, or Frankfurt in Germany.

In countless museums, hospitals and underground railway stations people are able to find their way to the toilet or the exit thanks to Mijksenaars' signs. On Thursday he will be awarded a major Dutch design prize for his complete works by the Fund for the Visual Arts, Design and Architecture. 

Here's a sample of his work.

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Explore Schiphol Airport with Paul Mijksenaar (video):

 

Last year Paul Mijksenaar spoke to RNW's Earth Beat:

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