Back to top

We combine graphicsgraphics
with architecture.architecture. We design Visual Information Systems

Blisko. Wayfinding studio

Studio-Blisko_wayfinding
Studio-Blisko_wayfinding

We are Blisko. Wayfinding studio

We specialize in wayfinding, aka space signage. For several years, we have been creating Visual Information Systems for architectural spaces in public sector (education, culture, medical), commercial sector (retail, tourism), business sector (offices) and residential sector (residential projects, interiors).

We combine the competences of graphic and architectural design. That is why we have a common language with architects or developers. We know the specifics of the architectural industry and the stages of the design process. Together, we create clear and unique solutions, always referring to the look&feel of architecture, the main idea of the design, and function.

Our industry has many names. Signage. Directional signage. Wayshowing & wayfinding. Spatial navigation. Visual Information Systems. Space branding. Regardless of the name, what we do is a series of visual and spatial activities designed to lead space users to their destination.

Wayfinding Space branding Signage Visual Information System Wayshowing Spatial graphics Directional signage Navigation in space

Our processprocess

1.

Brief and offer

Defining the scope of the project and standard of solutions. Offer.

2.

Research and analysis

Analysis of users’ paths and functional zones. Identify the recommended types of visual information and their location.

3.

Design concept

A proposal of the individual character of the visual information system, its reference to the language of architecture and the idea or function of the object.

4.

Executive project

Comprehensive design documentation for execution. Defining guidelines necessary for costing, production and implementation.

5.

Preparation for production

Preparation of production files for technologies selected at the design stage. Delivery of files suitable for printing, cutting, milling, etc.

6.

Author’s supervision

We offer author’s local and remote supervision. We work with specialized contractors. We consult production technologies.

Studio-Blisko_wayfinding

Our clientsclients

Who we cooperate with and for whom we design:

Architectural studios

Investors and developers

Institutions and companies

Our projectsprojects

Here are some of our recent projects of Visual Information Systems

2018

Center for Communication Sciences of the University of Warsaw (Modern Languages), stage II

educational · Warsaw

Architect  ·  Kuryłowicz&Associates

Investor  · University of Warsaw

Status  ·  implementation

2016

‘Osiedle Mickiewicza’ Housing

residential · Warsaw

Architect  ·  Hermanowicz Rewski Architekci

Investor  ·  SKANSKA

Status  ·  completed 2016-2020

2019

Medical Simulation Center of the Medical University of Warsaw

educational, medical · Warsaw

Architect  ·  TPF Architects

Investor  ·  Warsaw Medical University

Status  ·  implementation

2019-20

‘Centrum Południe’

offices · Wrocław

Architect  ·  APA Wojciechowski

Investor  ·  SKANSKA

Status  ·  work in progress

2019

‘Strefa Wilanów’

residential · Warsaw

Architect  ·  Kuryłowicz&Associates

Investor  ·  Yareal

Status  ·  completed

2019

‘Naturia’ Housing

residential · Toruń

Architect  ·  Kuryłowicz&Associates

Investor  ·  Budlex

Status  ·  implementation

2019-20

‘Łazienki Park’ Residence

residential · Warsaw

Architect  ·  Hermanowicz Rewski Architekci

Investor  ·  Yareal

Status  ·  implementation

2019-20

‘Vice Versa’ Residence

residential · Warsaw

Architect  ·  Hermanowicz Rewski Architekci

Investor  ·  Yareal

Status  ·  implementation

2019-20

Warszawa Gdańska Railway station – expansion and modernisation

transport · Warsaw

Construction Design  ·  YLE engineers

Investor  ·   Polish National Railways

Status  ·  work in progress

Studio-Blisko_wayfinding

Press and publicationspublications

We strive to make Visual Information Systems a common standard in architecture. We are happy to share our knowledge and experience at conferences, conduct lectures on theory, publish articles in industry magazines. We want to popularize wayfinding. Therefore, with these broad actions, we try to highlight the benefits of cooperation between architects and developers and designers of Visual Information Systems.

Portfolio Emergency webinar

As the Association of Polish Graphic Designers (STGU) we teamed up with The Warsaw Branch of the Association of Polish Architects (OW SARP), and together we created the event ‘The Portfolio Emergency SARP×STGU’ (Pogotowie Portfolio SARP×STGU).
The opening event was the live-streamed open webinar explaining the graphic design aspects of architecture design, during which the founder of Studio Blisko, Anna Nowokuńska, has presented the theoretical background and live showed practical applications.

 

Title  ·  Pogotowie Portfolio SARP×STGU )Portfolio Emergency SARP×STGU)
Time  · premiered on Tuesday, 3rd of November 2020, 18.00 p.m. (2 hrs)
Organisers  · STGU, OW SARP
Host · Zodiak

 

Watch video on YouTube  ·  link
Podcast 'Architecture should...'

Studio Blisko has been a guest at podcast Architektura Powinna ran by architect Klaudia Lachcik.
We were talking about wayfinding systems, and collaboration between graphic designers and architect.

 

Title  ·  System Informacji Wizualnej – co to jest… Rozmowa z Anną Nowokuńską.
Time  ·  premiered on Wednesday, 23rd of January 2020
Host  ·  Klaudia Lachcik by Architektura Powinna Podcast

 

Listen now on Spotify  ·  link
Element Urban Talks

Anna Nowokuńska, the founder of Studio Blisko, has given a lecture at Expert Scene at Element Urban Talks conference in Kraków, Poland.
She talked about wayfinding systems, and collaboration between graphic designers and architect.

 

Lecture  ·  Designing our doom… Wayshowing and wayfinding in architecture.
Time  ·  Saturday, 30th of November 2019, 12.30 pm
Place  ·  Expert Scene, NCK Nowohuckie Centrum Kultury, Kraków, Poland
Organizer  ·  Element Urban Talks by Element Talks

Photography  ·  Kamil Kożuch, Jakub Kusiej

Visual Identity of the Conference  ·  Martyna Wędzicka-Obuchowicz. Look here.

Biennale Traffic Design

Anna Nowokuńska, the founder of Studio Blisko, has run Architecturally. Graphically. Logically. — two-day wayfinding workshop for young architects and students of the last years of architecture.

The architectural space is dedicated to its users according to the programmed function. When the form and program of the object are ready to be used, users still need to know how to use it. Therefore, every public space should be a part of two areas of design: architectural and graphic.

During the workshop, successful examples of using this potential in public places by integrating graphics with architecture have been presented and analyzed. Basic issues related to wayfinding and wayshowing have been discussed. Participants attempted to create a concept of signage system of the indicated project. The event was co-financed by the City of Gdynia.

 

Workshop  ·  Architecturally. Graphically. Logically. — wayfinding workshop
Lecturer  ·  Anna Nowokuńska. Studio Blisko

Time  ·  8—9 September, 2018
Place  ·  Movie Center in Gdynia, Poland
Organizer  ·  Traffic Design Association

Photo&Poster design  ·  Traffic Design Association

Element UX Talks

Anna Nowokuńska, the founder of Studio Blisko, has appeared at Element UX Talks conference in Poznań, Poland.
She talked about UX, about space, and about errors in wayfinding systems.

 

Lecture  ·  Error in 3D, or architectural UI/UX
Time  ·  Sunday, 30th of September 2018, 1.40 pm
Place  ·  Concordia Design, Poznań, Poland
Organizer  ·  Element Talks & The Awwwesomes

Photography  ·  Krystian Daszkowski

ARCH mag #45

Our article and project published in the ARCH Magazine, issued by the Association of Polish Architects.

Issue  ·  No. 1 (45), Jan—Feb 2018, Poland

Language  ·  Polish

Publisher  ·  Association of Polish Architects

Author  ·  Anna Nowokuńska. Studio Blisko

 

In this issue of the ARCH magazine, you will find our article: Man in a big city — the role of graphic design in architectural space. Also one of my project was published — wayfinding system for the Puppet and Actor Theater in Kielce. The text is also accompanied by two photographs of the signage system designed by Studio 2×2 — Museum in Wilanów.

Westival — the Art of Architecture

Anna Nowokuńska, the founder of Studio Blisko, has given a lecture at Westival — the Art of Architecture, 11th edition called RESET, in Szczecin, Poland. I have spoken about the role of graphics in space.

 

Lecture  ·  A man in a big city — the role of graphic design in architectural space

Conference  ·  Westival — the Art of Architecture, 11th edition

Time  ·  Saturday, 28th of October 2017

Place  ·  Stara Rzeźnia, Szczecin, Poland

Organizer  ·  Association of Polish Architects in Szczecin

Photography  ·  W. Zawarski

Lectures at Warsaw School of Information Technology

Anna Nowokuńska, the founder of Studio Blisko, is a university lecturer at Warsaw School of Information Technology. For 5 years now she is giving classes on drawing and design. She teaches her own original program on the course about the basics of wayfinding systems.

 

University  ·  Warsaw School of Information Technologies, www.wit.edu.pl

Course  ·  The Basics of Visual Information Systems

Place  ·  Warsaw, Poland

ContactContact us

Studio Blisko’s headquarter is located in Warsaw, Poland, in the heart of the city.

We design Visual Information Systems for facilities throughout the country and abroad.

d
Follow us