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January 19, 2016


On March 4 we will make public which books are The Best Book Designs 2015 (Dutch and Flemish).

Photo: Children on sledges pulled by car, Nationaal Fotoarchief / Spaarnestad Photo 

Registration is open!


November 24, 2015

This winter, until January 6, you can register new books for a special edition of The Best Dutch Book Designs 2015.


For once it will be a Dutch-Flemish cooperation. Why? Because the Netherlands and Flanders will be Guests of Honour at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2016. For this special occasion The Best Dutch Book Designs joined forces with Flanders. Five judges from the Netherlands and Flanders, all experienced book pros, will scrutinize the books submitted and will compile this 57th selection of the year.


Simultaneously their choice will be the Dutch-Flemish submission to the Best Book Design from all over the World competition in Leipzig, Germany. Later in 2016 the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam will exhibit the new selection.


Register here.

To register Flemish books:


The selection will consist of 50 books. Chances in abundance, so hand in your entries.

Photo: Skaters Poepjes and Van der Zee ready to start,
Nationaal Archief / Spaarnestad Photo


New catalogue



September 22, 2015


The new catalogue The Best Dutch Book Designs 2014 De Best Verzorgde Boeken is for sale. It has become a small robust jewel of 612 pages that opens nicely. Presented are the 33 books selected by  this year's jury in words and images.  The catalogue has been designed by the young designer duo Haller Brun (Sonja Haller and Pascal Brun).


They decided to reproduce in thumbnails the whole interior of the 33 books. Because of this, the reader needs only one glance to experience the rhythm of the book. The result is cinematic. The additional photoshoot by Sonia Mangiapane of the bookshelves of the makers of The Best Dutch Book Designs 2014 is a nice extra.


The book could be realised thanks to generous support from a whole bunch of players in the Dutch printing industry, among them five printers and three finishing specialists. The paper was made available by suppliers Antalis and Arctic Paper Benelux. L. van Heek Textiles, manufacturers of book binding materials, contributed the dustjacket material.


Softcover € 29,50, ISBN 978 90 5965 289 7

Where? At the Stedelijk

September 10, 2015

Since Saturday September 5 they are on show again at the Amsterdam Stedelijk Museum, the books belonging to the annual selection of Best Dutch Book Designs. This time it's all about the judges' choice of books from The Netherlands that appeared in 2014. The exhibition will last until Sunday October 25.


The Best Dutch Book Designs are waiting for you there, ready to be taken in your hands and to be leafed through. Besides that, all the books that were submitted for the judging last January can be seen on screen in the exhibition – this year for the first time. 


Most of the Best Dutch Book Designs are on sale in the museum shop of the Stedelijk during the exhibition.


[photo Stedelijk Museum / Gert Jan van Rooij]


Esther Scholten will be the new director

September 8, 2015

Esther Scholten will become the new director of the Best Dutch Book Designs. She is the successor of Just Enschedé, who has been the competition's director for 18 years. In 1998 he stood at the cradle of the Best Dutch Book Designs Foundation, a cooperation between professional organisations in the Dutch book and printing industries and the world of design. The following period saw a steady growth in the number of Best Dutch Book Designs exhibitions both in the Netherlands and abroad.


Being director of the Best Dutch Book Designs is a parttime job. The new director, Esther Scholten (b. 1970), will combine her job as a developer of promotional campaigns with the Dutch collective book promotion bureau CPNB with the directorship of the Best Dutch Book Designs. Her expertise in the field of book promotion will match her experience as an art historian.

Esther looks forward to consolidate and even enhance the quality and merit of the Best Dutch Book Designs – especially with respect to the digital challenges. 'The Best Dutch Book Designs are an ideal source of inspiration for all involved in the making of books. The competition is a perfect vehicle to make clear why books are still to be made. Evidently, being included in the selection means an acknowledgement of inventivity and hard work in hindsight. It means that your colleagues appreciate what you do. Makers of books who, right from the start, do their utmost to be included in the selection, that's something I'm dreaming of. Simply because they want to make the best book possible.'

Most beautiful book cover: Alice in Wonderland

March 10, 2015

Alice in Wonderland / Alice in Spiegelland is not only one of the Best Dutch Book Designs of 2014, it is also clad in the most beautiful book cover of that year. That is the result of an election held in January. llustrator Floor Rieder and designer Suzanne Nuis are responsible for the book's appearance, Gottmer, Haarlem, being the publisher.


Libris, the organisation in which some hundred independent booksellers cooperate, initiated this election. Booksellers nominated 15 covers, more than 4,000 readers went to vote.


Between 2001 and 2010 the Best Dutch Book Designs foundation organised this election in collaboration with the Dutch book trade magazine Boekblad. When this initiative was discontinued Libris took over.

Best of the best in Leipzig

March 2, 2015

Books in the field of art, photography and architecture are increasingly published in a variety of international entanglements. This year's Golden Letter, the highest prize of the Best Book Design from all over the World contest in Leipzig, Germany, was won by the book Untitled (September Magazine) by artist Paul Elliman, co-published by Roma Publications from Amsterdam.


This book hit the Leipzig jury desk as one of the most beautiful books of 2013 in Brussels and Wallonia. Two of the Best Dutch Book Designs 2014 also won prizes in Leipzig.


A silver medal was awarded to Awoiska van der Molen's photo book Sequester (published by Fw:Books, design Hans Gremmen). Besides that there was a bronze medal for New Horizons by Bruno van den Elshout, who a year long took photograps of the sea from a roof (published by The Eriskay Connection, design Rob van Hoesel).


The seven judges in Leipzig had to judge 585 books from 30 countries. The award ceremony will take place on March 13 at the Leipzig Book Fair.

The Best Dutch Book Designs 2014

February 27, 2015

Today we make public which books are The Best Dutch Book Designs of 2014.


Who chose them? That job was done by a panel consisting of Hans Bockting (graphic designer, Amsterdam), Carolien Glazenburg (curator at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam), Bregitta Kramer (print coordinator, book binder and teacher in printing techniques, Diemen), Joris Kritis (graphic designer, Brussels) and Astrid Vorstermans (publisher at Valiz, Amsterdam). Books in which one of the judges was involved were nominated for election by a shadow panel consisting of former Best Dutch Book Designs judges.


What was the scope of the choice? The choice was made out of 298 books that appeared in 2014, submitted by their publishers, commissioners, designers or companies that took care of their production.


What did the judges choose? The judges chose 33 books that according to their opinion distinguished themselves conspicuously by their editorial choices, graphic design, treatment of images and text, choice of material and technical workmanship.


p = publisher  d = graphic designer  pr = production



Lewis Carroll – Alice in Wonderland / Alice in Spiegelland, illustrated by Floor Rieder

p Gottmer  d Suzanne Nuis  pr Printsupport4U


Mattie Boom, Hans Rooseboom – Modern Times. Photography in the 20th Century

p Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam  d Irma Boom  pr Lecturis (Gerrie van Beek) / Lecturis / Patist, Van Waarden


Harold Strak, Willem van Zoetendaal – FRIET Speciaal

p Bureau Monumenten & Archeologie Amsterdam, Van Zoetendaal Publishers  d Willem van Zoetendaal  pr Harold Strak / robstolk / Agia & Lith


Bart Moeyaert – De Gans en zijn Broer, illustrated by Gerda Dendooven

p Querido Kinderboeken  d Gert Dooreman  pr Uccello Grafico / Ten Brink / Abbringh


Eric-Jan Pleijster, Cees van der Veeken (LOLA Landscape Architects) – Dutch Dikes

p nai010 publishers  d Koehorst in 't Veld  pr NPN drukkers / Abbringh


Bette Westera – Doodgewoon, illustrated by Sylvia Weve

p Gottmer  d Bockting Ontwerpers  pr Eurasia (China)




p = publisher  d = graphic designer  pr = production



Herman Koch – Het Diner

p Ambo | Anthos  d Roald Triebels  pr Mat-Zet, Uccello Grafico / Wilco


Jaap Scholten – Horizon City

p AFdH Uitgevers  d Martien Frijns  pr Lecturis / Stronkhorst Boekbinders


Awoiska van der Molen – Sequester

p Fw:Books  d Hans Gremmen  pr Harold Strak / Lecturis / Handboekbinderij Geertsen


Bruno van den Elshout – New Horizons

p The Eriskay Connection  d Rob van Hoesel  pr Colour & Books / Lenoirschuring / Buchbinderei Burkhardt (CH)


Whispers. Ulay on Ulay

p Valiz  d Haller Brun  pr Colorset / die Keure (B) / Van Mierlo


Émeric Lhuisset – Maydan. Hundred Portraits

p Paradox, YdocPublishing, André Frère Éditions (F)  d Pierre Rousteau  pr Colour & Books / Rodi Rotatiedruk / Hexspoor 


p = publisher  d = graphic designer  pr = production



Bieke Depoorter – I am about to Call it a Day

p Edition Patrick Frey (CH), Hannibal Publishing (B)  d Mevis & Van Deursen  pr robstolk / Agia & Lith


New Urban Configurations

p Delft University Press  d Hans Gremmen, Ayumi Higuchi  pr Wilco


Sergison Bates Architects, Von Ballmoos Krucker, Werner Neuwirth – Three Houses in Vienna

p Park Books (CH)  d Joost Grootens, Silke Koeck  pr Marc Gijzen / Lecturis / Patist


Anjes GesinkVogels Huilen Niet. Klein Vogelleed in de Grote Stad

p Lecturis  d Kristin Metho  pr Lecturis / Patist


Kinderprenten, Volksprenten, Centsprenten, Schoolprenten

p Vantilt  d Piet Gerards Ontwerpers  pr Èpos Press / Abbringh


Frederike Huygen – Schrofer Sketches

p Lecturis  d Studio Joost Grootens (Joost Grootens with Silke Koeck, Dimitri Jeannottat)  pr Lecturis / Patist


p = publisher  d = graphic designer  pr = production



Frederike Huygen – Lex Reitsma. 196 Affiches voor De Nederlandse Opera

p Lex Reitsma, nai010 publishers  d Lex Reitsma  pr Mart.Spruijt / Cahier & Stanswerk


Marta Kuzma (ed.) – Big SignLittle Building

p Office for Contemporary Art Norway, Buchhandlung Walther König  d Hans Gremmen  pr Lecturis


Freek Lomme, Joan van Barneveld – Into Longing, Vast Rock

p Onomatopee  d Geoffrey Brusatto  pr Lecturis / Patist 


Anouk Kruithof, Freek Lomme, Christof Nüssli (ed.) – The Bungalow

p Onomatopee  d Christof Nüssli  pr Lecturis


Elisa van Joolen – 11" x 17"

p Onomatopee  d Our Polite Society (Matthias Kreutzer, Jens Schildt)  pr Lecturis / Patist


Hans Ibelings, Yurr Rozenberg, René de Wit – Proyecto Roble

p Van Helvoirt Pensioen  d YURR Grafisch Ontwerp  pr Pixelink (Felix Bisschoff) / Drukkerij Tielen / Handboekbinderij Geertsen




p = publisher  d = graphic designer  pr = production



Willem van Zoetendaal – Johan van der Keuken. Mise au Jour

p Van Zoetendaal Publishers  d Willem van Zoetendaal  pr Harold Strak / Trifolio (I) / Hexspoor


Jean Segui, Élodie Boyer – Ligne B. Invitation au Havre

p Éditions Non Standard (F)  d Patrick Doan  pr Lenoirschuring / Patist, J. Voetelink & Zoon 


Tammo Schuringa, Karien Wienga (ed.) – Kon Makandra. Amsterdam-Paramaribo, Paramaribo-Amsterdam

p Gerrit Rietveld Academie  d Niessen & de Vries (Esther de Vries)  pr Marc Gijzen / Mart.Spruijt / Stronkhorst Boekbinders


Pieter-Paul van Laake – urenboek

p Het 7 dal  d Brigitte Slangen  pr All-Print / Coers & Roest / Hendricks & Lützenkirchen (D)


Melle Hammer – LaLaLa

p Perdu in collaboration with Terras magazine  d Melle Hammer  pr Raddraaier / Patist



p = publisher  d = graphic designer  pr = production



Asger Jorn. The Secret of Art

p Cobra Museum of Moderne Art  d Niessen & de Vries (Richard Niessen)  pr Zwaan Printmedia / Agia & Lith 


Jan Boterman – Zocherstraat 27-3. Geschiedenis en Herinneringen 1946-1963

p Uitgeverij Bovenkomen  d Jan Boterman  pr Sander Pinkse Boekproductie, Lex Reitsma / Pantheon drukkers


Alex Farrar – The 'Suit'

p 7.45 Books  d Barbara Iwanicka, Linda Beumer  pr The Tetley (UK), Amsterdams Grafisch Atelier


Arna Mackic – Mortal Cities Forgotten Monuments

p Arna Mackic  d Bas Koopmans, Oliver Modosch  pr Zwaan Printmedia / Agia & Lith






The Best Dutch Book Designs 2014 is generously supported by paper suppliers Antalis, Almere, collective rights organisation BNO/Pictoright, Amsterdam and L. van Heek Textiles, Losser, among many more manufacturer of binding materials