Registration is open until January 7, 2015

December 5, 2014

Today is the day registration for The Best Dutch Book Designs 2014 opens. Candidates for this year's selection are welcome until January 7, 2015.

 

Five judges, all experienced book pros, will scrutinize the books submitted and will compile this 56th selection of the year. Simultaneously their choice will be the Dutch submission to Best Book Design from all over the World, the world beauty contest for the book in Leipzig, Germany.

 

Later in 2015 the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam will exhibit the new selection. The Best Dutch Book Designs of 2013 are still on show there, until February 15, 2015.

 

No chance? Come on, there are at least 30 and at maximum 33 books that are going to be elected. The Best Dutch Book Designs: the hall of fame of the Dutch book. So hand in your entries. Do it until January 7, 2015. Do it here

 

Left: Bookshop, colour etching by Willy Belinfante

Go smell them at the Stedelijk

October 26, 2014

Since yesterday they are there to be seen again at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, the annual crop of Best Dutch Book Designs. The three tailormade display tables created by exhibition designers Event Architecture are to be found in one of the entrance rooms of the museum's design section. This year they are adorned with a crisp yellow tone.


The judges behind this selection are designers Marlies Visser and Hans Bockting, publisher Hanca Leppink and the print advisors Bregitta Kramer and Johan Holterman. Out of 309 entries they chose 33 books as the Best Dutch Book Designs of 2013.

Visitors of the Stedelijk Museum are supposed to stay clear from the art objects on show. The Best Dutch Book Designs are the exception. You are cordially invited to weigh them on your hand, to touch them, even to smell them.

The exhibition will be on show until February 15, 2015. (Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij)



New catalogue out

October 25, 2014

 

The opening of the Best Dutch Book Designs exhibition at the Amsterdam Stedelijk Museum today also saw the launch of the new catalogue The Best Dutch Book Designs 2013 De Best Verzorgde Boeken. The books presents the 33 books of this year's pick of the jury in words and images. 

The book was designed by Art Collart, a graduate from the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam who also lives and works there. He came up with the idea of adding to the book a quote by one of the makers of each and every Best Dutch Book Design. On top of that there is a kaleidoscopic picture section entitled The Making of the Best Dutch Book Designs.

The book could be realised thanks to generous support from a whole bunch of players in the Dutch printing industry, among them ten printers and four 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 binding material for this handsome hardcover book.      


Price of the book: € 27.50. ISBN 978 90 5965 250 7.

 

Back on the tracks: The Best of Dutch Book Design

April 25, 2014

After a year-long time-out The Best of Dutch Book Design, an exhibition in the form of a traveling library, will be hitting the road again. From May 20 till June 20 the Dutch Embassy in Berlin will host the exhibition. Visitors will be able to leaf through the Best Dutch Book Designs of 2013, plus an additional set of some interesting Best Dutch Book Designs of the last few years.

Towards the end of last year The New Institute in Rotterdam, which at its inception took over the exhibition from Premsela – The Netherlands Institute for Design and Fashion, decided not to carry on with The Best of Dutch Book Design. In consultation with our partners, the Association of Dutch Designers (BNO), Dutch Culture and the Dutch Foundation for Literature we decided to go on booking the show ourselves. We are grateful to The New Institute for the care they took in the meantime.

Irma Boom wins Johannes Vermeer Prize

April 15, 2014

Book designer Irma Boom won the Johannes Vermeer Prize 2014, the state prize for the arts in the Netherlands, on the strength of her "unrivaled merits in the field of graphic design".

This is the 6th time the Johannes Vermeer Prize is being awarded. Among earlier winners are photographer Erwin Olaf, painter Marlene Dumas and architect Rem Koolhaas. Former Dutch minister Ernst Hirsch Ballin was the jury's chairman.

Irma Boom studied at AKI arts academy in Enschede and started her own studio in Amsterdam in 1991. In 2001 she was awarded the Gutenberg Prize in Leipzig, where she won awards several times in the international book contest Best Book Design from all over the World. Since 1988 47 of her books have been elected for the Best Dutch Book Designs. Search for Irma Boom on this webpage and her Best Dutch Book Designs of the last 7 years will appear.

The Johannes Vermeerprijs brings along an amount of 100,000 euros, to be spent on a project of her own choice.

Honorary diploma for book on poet Lucebert

March 4, 2014

Ik ben een gemankeerde saxofonist (I am a failed saxophone player), the book that came out last year on the connections between Dutch poet Lucebert and jazz, won a honorary diploma at Best Book Design from all over the World, Leipzig's annual judging of books from a great many countries.

The book traces its subject by presenting Lucebert's poems and works of visual art, next to photographs, written contributions and two cd's. There is even a survey of Lucebert's jazz and blues records. The book was compiled by Ben IJpma and Ben van Melick, was designed by Piet Gerards Ontwerpers, Huis Clos being its publisher.

Founded in 1963, Best Book Design from all over the World is the annual beauty contest for the book since 1991, organised by Stiftung Buchkunst, Frankfurt/Leipzig.

This year the seven judges saw themselves confronted with Best Book selections from thirty countries. Among them were the 33 Best Dutch Book Designs, that had been selected by the Dutch jury just a few days before the judging in Leipzig.

The Best Dutch Book Designs 2013

February 21, 2014

Today is the day The Best Dutch Book Designs selection of 2013 is being unveiled.

In December 2013 and the beginning of January 2014 there were 309 books being submitted to the judges, whereas 305 a year earlier. This year's judges were:
- Hans Bockting, graphic designer, Bockting Ontwerpers, Amsterdam
- Johan Holterman, print advisor, Graphiques, Nijmegen
- Bregitta Kramer, print coordinator, teacher in printing techniques and book binder, Diemen
- Hanca Leppink, editor at large, publishers Luitingh-Sijthoff, Amsterdam
- Marlies Visser, graphic designer, Studio Marlies Visser, Haarlem.
Their choice is summarized in the columns at your right hand and is presented more extensively on our homepage. Later in the year The Best Dutch Book Designs will be on show at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam.

The Best Dutch Book Designs 2013 are generously supported by paper suppliers Antalis (Almere), collective rights organisation BNO/Pictoright (Amsterdam) and
L. van Heek Textiles, manufacturers of book binding materials (Losser).

THE BEST DUTCH BOOK DESIGNS 2013


Koen Kleijn, Rob van Zoest (ed.) – The Canals of Amsterdam / De grachten van Amsterdam

design by Lex Reitsma for publishers THOTH and Kunsthistorisch Bureau D’ARTS


Els Kloek (ed.) – 1001 vrouwen uit de
Nederlandse geschiedenis

design by Irma Boom Office (Irma Boom, Julia Neller) for publishers Vantilt


Jan Paul Schutten – Het raadsel van alles wat
leeft
, iillustrated by Floor Rieder

design by Tobias David for publishers Gottmer

Irma Boom. The Architecture of the Book (standard and XXL edition)

design by Irma Boom for publishers Lecturis


Ilka and Andreas Ruby (ed.) – MVRDV
Buildings

design by Studio Joost Grootens (Joost Grootens with Tine van Wel, Boris Meister, Slávka Pauliková) for nai010 publishers


Koos Breukel – Me We

design by Sabine Verschueren for Hannibal Publishing and Ydoc Publishing

THE BEST DUTCH BOOK DESIGNS 2013

 


Wigger Bierma, Astrid Vorstermans (ed.) – Walter
Nikkels depicted / abgebildet / afgebeeld

design by Wigger Bierma, with collaboration from Ana Laura Campos, Walter Nikkels (cover) for publishers Valiz and Tropen

Paul Auster – Bericht vanuit het innerlijk, translated by Ronald Vlek

design by Studio Ron van Roon (Bart Rouwhorst), Nico Richter and Steven van der Gaauw for publishers De Arbeiderspers

Frederike Huygen – Jurriaan Schrofer

design by Jaap van Triest and Karel Martens for publishers Valiz

Wijnanda Deroo – Rijks Museum

design by Irma Boom and Sanne van de Goor for Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, nai010 publishers

Kadir van Lohuizen – Vía PanAm. Exploring
Migration in the Americas

design by Heijdens Karwei for Ydoc Publishing, Paradox

Anneke van Veen (ed.) – Fotostudio Merkelbach.
Portretten 1913-1969

design by Typography, Interiority & Other Serious Matters for publishers Komma/d’jonge Hond

THE BEST DUTCH BOOK DESIGNS 2013


Joost van Bleiswijk / Kiki van Eijk. Co-Evolution

design by AB/C Anthon Beeke Collective (Mariola López Mariño) for publishers Lecturis

Bart Moeyaert – Jij en ik en alle andere
kinderen. De verzamelde verhalen en kindergedichten

design by Herman Houbrechts (cover) and Studio Cursief (Irma Hornman) for publishers Querido

Het werk van Cepezed in detail

design by Reynoud Homan with collaboration from Robbert Zweegman for nai010 publishers

Eddy van Wessel – The Edge of Civilization

design by Bert de Jong for edgeofcivilization.com

Henk Wildschut – Food / Voedsel

design by Robin Uleman, with special thanks to Sandra Rabenou, for post editions

Ko Sliggers – Koken tussen vulkanen

design by Ko Sliggers for publishers Loopvis

THE BEST DUTCH BOOK DESIGNS 2013


Aleid Rensen – De verdwenen dierentuin. Mijn leven
met het Noorder Dierenpark

design by Staal & Duiker Ontwerpers (Koos Staal) for publishers Lecturis

Suzanne Buchan, Jaap Guldemond, Marente Bloemheuvel (ed.) – The Quay Brothers’ Universum

design by Joseph Plateau grafisch ontwerpers for EYE Filmmuseum

Etgar Keret / Adam Ross / George Saunders / F. Scott Fitzgerald – short stories series

design by Studio Ron van Roon for publishers Podium

Ben van Melick (ed.) – Theater Levano. Een
film en een boek over Chaim Levano

design by Piet Gerards Ontwerpers for publishers Huis Clos

Trinité & Lexicon. The typefaces designed by Bram de Does

design by Bram de Does for publishers Spectatorpers and De Buitenkant 

Ben IJpma, Ben van Melick (ed.) – Ik ben een
gemankeerde saxofonist. Lucebert & jazz

design by Piet Gerards Ontwerpers for publishers Huis Clos

THE BEST DUTCH BOOK DESIGNS 2013


Leo Erken – Street. Eastern Europe and the former
Soviet Union 1987-2003

design by Svea Gustavs for weiw publishers

Ineke Riem – Zeven pogingen om een geliefde te wekken

design by Nico Richter for publishers De Arbeiderspers

Ellen Oostvogel (ed.) – Honderduit Haag.
Haag Atletiek 1913-2013

design by Studio Koelewijn Brüggenwirth (Jeroen Koelewijn, Judith Brüggenwirth) for Haag Atletiek

Els Kuijpers – and/or. on contradiction in the work
of Jan van Toorn. extended

design by Jan van Toorn and Mart Rozenbeek for nai010 publishers

Freek Lomme, Kathrin Schlegel (ed.) – Distillations.
Notes on Kathrin Schlegel’s Insertions in Public Space

design by Mind Design (Niels Schrader, Miriam Thijssen) for Onomatopee

Ana Teixidó, Arthur Rosenfeld (ed.) – A Love
Story. The Meekers

design by Art Collart for Stichting Meekers

THE BEST DUTCH BOOK DESIGNS 2013


Liter. Christelijk literair tijdschrift

design by Steven van der Gaauw for Stichting Liter

Koos Staal – De krant van gisteren. Uitgelezen
hergebruik

design by Koos Staal for Staal & Duiker Ontwerpers

Arno Nollen

design by Willy Clausen for Slangen Advocaten















De Best Verzorgde Boeken 2013 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

Ongoing exhibitions

January 21, 2014

On February 21 we expect to unveil the Best Dutch Book Designs of 2013. The Best Dutch Book Designs 2012 will still be on show in:
–  Vienna, Austria, Neue Hauptbücherei, 3 December 2013-8 February 2014
–  Tokyo, Japan, Toppan Printing Museum, 30 November 2013-2 March 2014, as part of World Book Design 2012-2013
–  The Hague, Museum Meermanno | House of the Book, 4 February-11 May 2014
–  Amstelveen, printers Lenoirschuring, from 1 February 2014 onwards

Earlier the Best Dutch Book Designs 2012 were to be seen in:
–  Leipzig, Germany, Leipzig Book Fair, 14-17 March 2013
–  Buenos Aires, Argentine, Feria del Libro, 23 April-13 May 2013, on invitation from the Dutch Foundation for Literature
–  Matosinhos, Portugal, Quadra Gallery, 21 May-23 June 2013, on invitation from ESAD, the arts academy of the Porto region
–  Taipei, Taiwan, Garden City Space of Art, 13 July-4 August 2013, organised by Tien Tien Circle Creatives (photo)
–  Amsterdam, Stedelijk Museum, 14 September-27 October 2013
–  Frankfurt, Germany, Frankfurt Book Fair, 9-13 October 2013, as part of Book Art International

 

Registration until January 6

December 4, 2013

It's registration time for The Best Dutch Book Designs 2013, and it will be running until January 6, 2014. Please use the following link to register: www.bestverzorgdeboeken.nl/en/registration/

After January 6 the five judges will embark upon the task of selecting The Best Dutch Book Designs 2013, at least 30 and at maximum 33 books. Immediately after this is done the brand new selection will be submitted to the international jury of Best Book Design from all over the World, the world beauty contest for the book in Leipzig.

Later in 2014 the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam will exhibit The Best Dutch Book Designs. Earlier this year The Best Dutch Book Designs have been on show at Oporto, Poznán, Taipei, Tokyo, Vienna and at the book fairs of Leipzig, Buenos Aires and Frankfurt. It is our ambition to realise at least a similar exhibition program next year.

We expect to unveil The Best Dutch Book Designs of 2013 on Friday February 21, 2014.

Image: Inspection of the Horses on Grote Markt, August 28, by Otto Eerelman, 1839-1926 

The Best Dutch Book Designs spectacularly clad

September 23, 2013

Op September 21 the annual Best Dutch Book Designs catalogue was presented at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam.
The book was designed by Studio Joost Grootens, since some eight years a frequently awarded creator of atlases and other books with challenging infographics.

Joost Grootens choose to enhance the traditional contents of the catalogue with an inquiry into the reputations of the publishers, graphic designers and printers involved with the Best Dutch Book Designs of 2012. He transformed the results of his research into the colours that he attributed to historical listings and to the image spreads of the awarded books. It makes leafing through this catalogue a very special experience. Similarly the cahier-like form of the book refers to the adverse climate that the book is confronting these days. See also https://vimeo.com/84292166

The Best Dutch Book Designs 2012 De Best Verzorgde Boeken was made possible thanks to generous support from paper suppliers Antalis and Arctic Paper Benelux, and a number of partners in the printing industry. ISBN 978 90 5965 228 6.
Price € 27,50.

Back at the Stedelijk

September 13, 2013

The Best Dutch Book Designs 2012 will be on show at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam from September 14 onwards until October 27. Last year the awarded books were to be seen in the new wing of the museum with the wall of the old museum building as a backdrop. Now the Best Dutch Book Designs have found their place in a room that is part of the museum's design circuit.

The 33 Best Dutch Book Designs were chosen out of 305 submissions by a jury consisting of print advisor Johan Holterman, academy teacher Ada Lopes Cardozo, graphic designers Rob van den Nieuwenhuizen and Marlies Visser and publisher Peter de Winter. EventArchitectuur took care of the exhibition's design.

Carbon wins gold

February 25, 2013

The Dutch photo book Cette montagne c'est moi by Witho Worms won a gold medal at the Best Book Design from all over the World contest in Leipzig, Germany. There were honorary mentions for two other books from the Netherlands, Found Footage. Cinema Exposed and An Inquiry into Meaning and Truth and More... In Leipzig an international jury of seven book design experts judged 575 books from 32 countries and awarded nine prizes and five honorary mentions.

Cette montagne c'est moi
presents the photos of slag heaps that Witho Worms made in a number of countries in Europe over a period of six years. He made his photo prints using the carbon print technique, continuously using carbon that he took with him from the very heap he photographed. In the book the photos are printed on black paper using a double layer of white ink. The book was designed by Hans Gremmen, who also published it under his Fw: Books imprint.

Found Footage. Cinema Exposed, compiled by Marente Bloemheuvel, Giovanna Fossati and Jaap Guldemond, was published to accompany the opening exhibition of the new EYE Film Institute in Amsterdam. The book was designed by Joseph Plateau and published by EYE in collaboration with Amsterdam University Press.

An Inquiry into Meaning and Truth and More... is dedicated to the oil panels of Thomas Raat. These paintings refer to the predominantly abstract imagery of cover designs of popular 'egghead' paperbacks published from the late 1940s until the early 70s. It's publisher is Onomatopee, Eindhoven and it's designer Edwin van Gelder of Mainstudio.

The award winning ceremony will take place at the Leipzig Book Fair on March 15.

These three books are part of the selection of Best Dutch Book Designs 2012, which was simultaneously the Dutch entry for the contest in Leipzig. Later in the year the Best Dutch Book Designs will be exhibited at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and at other venues in the Netherlands and elsewhere.

The Best Dutch Book Designs 2012

February 22, 2013

Today is the day The Best Dutch Book Designs of 2012 are being made public.


This year's judges were Ada Lopes Cardozo (formerly teacher at the Hague Royal Academy of Arts), Johan Holterman (production advisor at Graphiques, Nijmegen), Rob van den Nieuwenhuizen (designer at Drawswords, Amsterdam), Marlies Visser (designer at Studio Marlies Visser, Haarlem) and Peter de Winter (publisher at 010 Publishers, Rotterdam). Out of 305 submissions they chose 33 books to be the Best Dutch Book Designs 2012.


This selection is at the same time the Dutch submission to Best Book Design from all over the World in Leipzig, Germany, the international beauty contest for the book. Later in the year the Best Dutch Book Designs 2012 will be on show at various venues in the Netherlands and abroad, the exhibition at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam to begin with.

The Best Dutch Book Designs 2012 are made possible due to generous support from paper merchants Antalis (Almere), collective copyright office BNO/Pictoright (Amsterdam) and L. van Heek Textiles (Losser), manufacturer of book binding materials.

THE BEST DUTCH BOOK DESIGNS 2012



Karina Schaapman – Het Muizenhuis. Sam & Julia in het Theater
Sonja van Hamel, Yolanda Huntelaar for publishers Rubinstein

Peter Terrin – Post Mortem
Studio Ron van Roon for publishers De Arbeiderspers

Radicale Gemeenplaatsen. Europese Architectuur uit Vlaanderen
Joris Kritis, Julie Peeters for the Vlaams Architectuurinstituut

Robert McCarter (ed.) – Wiel Arets. Autobiographical References
Irma Boom Office (Irma Boom, Sanne van de Goor) for publishers Birkhäuser

Jan van Adrichem, Adi Martis (ed.) – Stedelijk Collection Reflections
Mevis & Van Deursen with collaboration of Eva Heisterkamp, Lu Liang, Tabea Feuerstein for Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, nai010 publishers

Erik Kessels (ed.) – In almost every Picture # 11
Erik Kessels for KesselsKramer Publishing

Piet Schreuders – Furore # 21. Het Parijs van Le Ballon Rouge
Piet Schreuders for Stichting Furore

THE BEST DUTCH BOOK DESIGNS 2012



J. Eijkelboom – Verzamelde Gedichten
Steven van der Gaauw for publishers De Arbeiderspers

Paul Kooiker, Willem van Zoetendaal (ed.) – Paul Kooiker. Heaven
Willem van Zoetendaal for Van Zoetendaal Publishers

Camiel van Winkel – During the Exhibition the Gallery Will Be Closed
Sam de Groot for publishers Valiz

Kas Oosterhuis (ed.) – Hyperbody. First Decade of Interactive Architecture
Mind Design (Michal Ejdys, Niels Schrader) for publishers Jap Sam Books

Peter Martens – Few Loving Voices
[d3æm] JAM grafisch ontwerp (John van Leeuwen) for publishers post editions

Marente Bloemheuvel, Giovanna Fossati, Jaap Guldemond (ed.) – Found Footage. Cinema Exposed
Joseph Plateau grafisch ontwerpers for Amsterdam University Press, EYE Film Institute Netherlands

THE BEST DUTCH BOOK DESIGNS 2012



Erik Kessels, Anthon Beeke (ed.) – The Mind is a Muscle. Huub van der Put
Erik Kessels for publishers ÈposHouse

Sigrid Calon – To the Extend of / \ | & -
Sigrid Calon for Sigrid Calon

Witho Worms – Cette Montagne, c’est moi
Hans Gremmen for publishers Fw: Books

Scheltens & Abbenes. Unfolded
Julia Born & Laurenz Brunner for publishers Kodoji Press

Diana Scherer – Nurture Studies
Willem van Zoetendaal for Van Zoetendaal Publishers

Marnie Slater, Edward Clydesdale Thomson (ed.) – As if an Entrance is over there
Sandra Kassenaar for Lecturis Publishing

Marlene Dumas, Rineke Dijkstra, Marijke van Warmerdam (ed.) – Look. Ed! Images from the Archive of Ed van der Elsken
Mevis & Van Deursen for Annet Gelink Gallery

Cara Phillips – Singular Beauty
Hans Gremmen for publishers Fw: Books

THE BEST DUTCH BOOK DESIGNS 2012



Misha Mengelberg – Enkele Regels in de Dierentuin
Piet Gerards Ontwerpers for publishers Huis Clos

Tim Enthoven – The Tiny Tim. The Early Years of Tim Enthoven, 1994-2003
HeyHeyHey (& Haas) (Erik Sjouerman, Elske van der Putten) for MU, Tim Enthoven

Gielijn Escher, Paul Mertz, Paul van Yperen – Frans Mettes Affichevirtuoos
Gielijn Escher, Chang Chi Lan-Ying (interior) for publishers De Buitenkant

Thomas Raat – An Inquiry into Meaning and Truth and More…
Mainstudio (Edwin van Gelder) for publishers Onomatopee

Sanne van den Elzen – Salon
Cobbenhagen Hendriksen, Sanne van den Elzen for Sanne van den Elzen, Collectief Überhaupt

Jan Dirk van der Burg (ed.) – Censorship Daily. Netherlands – Iran
Cobbenhagen Hendriksen for Jan Dirk van der Burg

Dubravka Sekulic – Glotzt Nicht so Romantisch! On Extralegal Space in Belgrade
Ziga Testen for Jan van Eyck Academy

THE BEST DUTCH BOOK DESIGNS 2012



Gal Kirn, Dubravka Sekulic, Ziga Testen (ed.) – Surfing the Black. Yugoslav Black Wave Cinema… and it’s Transgressive Moments

Ziga Testen for Jan van Eyck Academy


Freek Lomme, Andrés Ramírez Gaviria (ed.) – between forms of representation and presentation

Lesley Moore for publishers Onomatopee


Cobbenhagen Hendriksen – Identity De Hallen Haarlem. Inventory (2007-2012)

Cobbenhagen Hendriksen for Cobbenhagen Hendriksen, De Hallen Haarlem


Sikkens Prize Mondrian Lecture 2012

Harmen Liemburg for Sikkens Foundation