The submission for The Best Dutch Book Design 2016 has been closed.
On Januari 26 and 27 the following panel of judges will make the annual selection: designers Yolanda Huntelaar and Remco van Bladel, Freek Kuin (creative director Robstolk printers), Eelco van Welie (director nai010 publishers) and Carolien Glazenburg (curator graphic desing Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam).
On March 3 The Best Dutch Book Designs 2016 will be announced.
Are you interested in joining the competition and do you want a reminder when the registration 2017 starts, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registration is open!
December 1, 2016
Registration for The Best Dutch Book Designs is open till Friday January 7. Publishers, designers, printers, artists, authors, academy students and other bookmakers can submit the books made in 2016. Out of all the registrations a professional panel of judges will select The Best Dutch Book Designs 2016. Up to 33 books can get the seal of approval. Digital books can also be registered.
What are the requirements? What is the submission fee? The answers can be found in the Regulations.
The Dutch selection will be submitted to the international competition, The Best Book Designs from all over the World (Leipzig). The Dutch and the international selection will be announched at March 3 2017. Later in the year the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam will exhibit the Dutch awards; the offical catalogue will be published at the same time.
All the submitted books will be judged by professionals but also by a panel of students from five Dutch art academies. Their selection of 33 books will be shown at the student website and in a separate catalogue.
Register here. Migration, 2015, Lynne Leegte (photo Gert Jan van Rooij)
Shanghai - Beijing - Moscow
September 27, 2016
The Best Book Designs from the Netherlands and Flanders are travelling around the world. They were exhibited at the Shanghai Book Fair (end of August) and the Russian National Book Festival 'Zhar-Kniga' (September 19 till 26). This week the books are still on display in Beijing where the Design Week is held.
Often the organizing institute invites Dutch designers to give a presentation or a workshop. In Shanghai Thomas Castro (LUST) and Titus Knegtel (winner Golden Letter Schönste Bücher aus aller Welt 2016) gave presentations as Haico Beukers and Marga Scholma did in Moscow.
Photo: Russian book lovers are inspecting the selection
Students are getting involved
September 5, 2016
The new policy of the Stichting The Best Book Designs is cranking up the exchange of ideas and experience between the next generation of book makers and the established order.
As part of this change in policy, this year saw entry fees waived for students at academies and colleges, and for new graduates. The books made by students are part of the total amount of entries and were examined in exactly the same way as other entries.
This year a student panel consisting of design students at Dutch and Flemish art academies and colleges were installed. They followed the same procedures as the professional panel and they presented also a comprehensive report. Both the selection and the judges’ report are being made available online (as an appendix to the Stichting’s website) and in a catalogue (www.bol.com). Catalogue and website have been designed as degree projects by Floor Weijs, Sander Molenaar, Lieke de Blank and Bernd de Ridder, all students at ArtEZ, the Arnhem Academy of Art and Design.
-Fay Asselbergs (Royal Academy of Art, The Hague)
-Barbara Bártková (Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam)
-Dieuwertje Luitse (ArtEZ, the Arnhem Academy of Art and Design)
-Josse Pyl (Flemish student at Werkplaats Typografie, Arnhem)
-Victor Van Wassenhove (Sint-Lucas Beeldende Kunst/ LUCA School of Arts, Ghent)
Catalogue by Irma Boom is available
September 2, 2016
The brand new catalogue The Best Book Designs from the Netherlands and Flanders 2015 | De Best Verzorgde Boeken van Nederland en Vlaanderen is available!
It is a typical Irma Boom product: powerful in all its simplicity. The book excells in great tactility thanks to the 60gsm paper (IBO ONE supplied by Igepa) that has been used for the interior and the double folded cover. The 33 Dutch and 17 Flemish books are being presented in black and white photographs in 256 pages.
Irma Boom wrote especially for this catalogue a manifesto in which she presents herself as the passionate lover of paper books that she is. A must read.
The catalogue could be made because of the hard work of printer Tielen (Boxtel) and book binders Patis (Den Dolder( and Hexspoor (Boxtel). The paper was donated by Igepa.
Softcover € 29,50 | ISBN 978 90 5965 393 1 | 256 p. | 173 x 238 mm
Dutch-Flemish selection on display
September 2, 2016
The cultural season has started! One of the highlights is the exhibition of The Best Book Designs from the Netherlands and Flanders at the Stedelijk Museum. The books can be held and looked into. The exhibition runs until Sunday 30th October.
This year is a special edition: in addition to 33 Dutch books there are 17 Flemish books selected by a Dutch-Flemish jury. 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.
This afternoon the ceremony will be held where the authors, publishers, designers, lithographers, printers and binders of the selected books are going to be honored. They will receive a certificate and the catalogue which is designed by Irma Boom. Catalogue and books are for sale at the museum shop.
The ceremony starts with lectures and a discussion about the differences and similarities between Dutch and Flemish culture.
[photograph Stedelijk Museum / Gert Jan van Rooij]
The Best Dutch and Flemish Book Designs 2015
February 22, 2016
The Best Dutch Book Designs of 2015 are known!
This year we are proud to present a special selection of 33 Dutch and 17 Flemish books. Because the Netherlands and Flanders are Guest of Honour at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2016 the Flemish Publishers Association and our organisation have worked together to reach a joined competition.
Publishers, commisioners, designers, printers and binders have submitted books that appeared in 2015 amounting to 410 books in total. They were judged by a Dutch-Flemish panel consisting of Carolien Glazenburg (curator at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam), Wouter Roelants (bookseller and publisher), Luc Derycke (designer, Ghent), Koen Brams (former director Jan van Eyck Academie & former chief editor De Witte Raaf) and Freek Kuin (creative director at printer robstolk®). 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.
The books that they have selected distinguished themselves conspicuously by their editorial choices, graphic design, treatment of images and text, choice of material and technical workmanship.
Guido Creemers - 100 topstukken, honderd verhalen
Design: Dion Boodts | Production: Drukkerij Leën, Schwind | Publisher: Gallo-Romeins Museum
Mihnea Mircan, Vincent W.J. van Gerven oei (ed.) - Allegory of the Cave Painting
Design: Remco van Bladel, Corine van der Wal | Production: Drukkerij Raddraaier, Binderij Hexspoor | Publisher: Mousse Publishing
Elena Filipovic (ed.) - Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker: Work/Travail/Arbeid
Design: Casier/Fieuws | Production: Graphius | Publisher:WIELS, Rosas en Mercatorfonds
Jan Peter Wingender - Brick. An Exacting Material
Design: Joost Grootens, Dimitri Jeannottat, Silke Koeck, Hanae Shimizu, Julie da Silva | Production: Drukkerij Robstolk®, Boekbinderij Van Waarden | Publisher: Architectura & Natura
Camille Morineau, Lucia Pesapane - Ceramix: from Rodin to Schütte
Design: Dune Luniel | Production: GBL, Printer Trento | Publisher: Bonnefantenmuseum, La Maison Rouge, Sèvres - Cité de la céramique, Uitgeverij Snoeck
Willem de Rooij. Character is Fate: Piet Mondrian’s Horoscope
Design: Ziga Testen | Production: Lecturis | Publisher: Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art
Aernoud Bourdrez, Matthijs Brons - contract & commentaar
Design: Melle Hammer | Production: Wilco Printing & Binding, Boekbinderij Patist | Publisher: Boom Juridische Publishers
Mihnea Mircan (samenst.) - Cross-Examinations
Design: Remco van Bladel, Andrea Spikker | Production: Drukkerij Raddraaier, Boekbinderij Patist | Publisher: MER. Paper Kunsthalle
Désirée van Hoek. Skid Row
Design: Mevis & Van Deursen | Production: Colour & Books, UNICUM by Gianotten, Boekbinderij Patist | Publisher: Désirée van Hoek
Sylvain Piron - Dialectique du monstre
Design: The Theatre of Operations | Production: Drukkerij Mistral, Bema Graphics, Binderij Hexspoor | Publisher: Zones Sensibles
Philippe Van Cauteren, Martin Germann (edit.) - Drawing. The Bottom Line
Design: Jurgen Persijn | Production: Graphius | Publisher: Mercatorfonds
Cees de Boer, Colin Huizing (samenst.) - herman de vries. to be all ways to be
Design: Remco van Bladel, Andrea Spikker | Production: Drukkerij Tienkamp, Boekbinderij Van Waarden | Publisher: Valiz en Mondriaan Fonds
Machiel Braaksma. Harrekrammele
Design: Machiel Braaksma | Production: Jan de Waard, Drukkerij CSL Digitaal, Machiel Braaksma | Publisher: Machiel Braaksma
Robert McCarter - Herman Hertzberger
Design: Beukers Scholma | Production: NPN Drukkers, Boekbinderij Abbringh | Publisher: nai010
Yvonne Jagtenberg - Hondje, de enige echte
Design: Ubald Seveke | Production: Drukkerij Proost |Publisher: Rubinstein
Georges Wildemeersch - Hugo Claus. De jonge jaren
Design: Gert Dooreman, Stijn Dams | Production: Wilco Printing & Binding | Publisher: Polis
Joeri De Bruyn, Maarten Van Acker, Filip Buyse et al.- In via veritas
Design: Lodewijk Joye | Production: Pixelbound, Die Keure | Publisher: Public Space
Antoon Melissen - Jan Schoonhoven
Design: Joost Grootens, Dimitri Jeannottat, Silke Koeck | Production: Marc Gijzen, NPN Drukkers, Boekbinderij Abbringh | Publisher: nai010
Janine Schrijver. Our Nature Within the Limits of City Parks
Design: Kummer & Herrman | Production: Lecturis, Handboekbinderij Geertsen, Hexspoor, Dibema, Finishing Touch, Nuth | Publisher: Lecturis
Jasper Krabbé. Portraits
Design: Haller Brun | Production: Wilco Art Books, Boekbinderij Patist |Publisher: Lecturis
Jennifer Tee. The Soul in Limbo
Design: Richard Niessen, Margot Fabre | Production: Zwaan Printmedia | Publisher: Roma Publications
Alex Farrar, Barbara Iwanicka - John Cleese on Creativity
Design: Barbara Iwanicka | Production: Alex Farrar, Agia & Lith | Publisher: 7.45 Books,
Bartolomeo Scappi - Koken voor kardinalen
Design: Studio Frederik de Wal | Production: Uccello Grafico, Wilco Printing & Binding | Publisher: Athenaeum - Polak & Van Gennep
Henk Hoeks, Ewan Lentjes (ed.) - De kracht van typografie
Design: Patrick Coppens | Production: DZS Grafik | Publisher: ArtEZ Press, TERRA
Harriët van Reek - Lettersoep
Design: Barbara van Dongen Torman | Production: Marc Gijzen. Wilco Printing & Binding |Publisher: Em. Querido’s Kinderboeken
Rob Morees (ed.) - Life is Strange
Design: - SYB – | Production: Wilco Art Books | Publisher: nai010
De Vormforensen (Annelou van Griensven & Anne-Marie Geurink) - Het Meest Geloofde Sprookje
Design: De Vormforensen, Lyanne Tonk | Production: Drukkerij Tielen, Boekbinderij Abbringh | Publisher: De Vormforensen (distr. De Vrije Uitgevers)
Kim Crabeels - Mijn opa is een boom
Illustrated by Ingrid Godon
Design: Kris Demey | Production: T?šínská tiskárna | Publisher: Lannoo
Maite van Dijk, Magne Bruteig, Leo Jansen - Munch: Van Gogh
Design: Joseph Plateau | Production: Die Keure, Binderij Hexspoor, Boekbinderij Brepols | Publisher: Mercatorfonds
Remieg Aerts, Gita Deneckere - Het (on)Verenigd Koninkrijk
Design: Koen Bruyneel | Production: Die Keure, Polyprint, Binderij Hexspoor | Publisher: Ons Erfdeel
Koen Brams, Ulrike Lindmayr, Dirk Pültau (ed.) - Opus 1. The Artist’s Beginnings
Design: Roger Willems | Production: Rodi rotatiedruk, Boekbinderij Patist | Publisher: Roma Publications
Titus Knegtel (ed.) - Other Evidence: Blindfold
Design: Titus Knegtel | Production: Drukkerij Tielen | Publisher: Titus Knegtel
Joeri De Bruyn, Mauro Poponcini, Patrick Lootens - Polo Architects
Design: Sven Beirnaert | Production: Pixelbound, Die Keure | Publisher: Public Space
Raimond Wouda. Ext.-Int.
Design: Robin Uleman | Production: Colours & Books, Drukkerij Mart. Spruijt, Handboekbinderij Geertsen | Publisher: Fw: Books
Reprint Karel Martens
Design: Karel Martens in collaboration with David Bennewith and students of Type and Media | Production: Die Keure, Binderij Hexspoor | Publisher: Type and Media Koninklijke Academie van Beeldende Kunsten | Publisher: Roma Publications
Sanne Peper. Due to Lack of Interest Tomorrow Has Been Cancelled
Design: Michaël Snitker | Production: Colour & Books, Wilco Art Books, Binderij Hexspoor | Publisher: Lecturis
Merlijne Marell - Schobbejacques en de 7 geiten
Design: Merlijne Marell | Production: Drukkerij Tienkamp, Boekbinderij Van Waarden | Publisher: Loopvis
Leontine Coelewij, Sara Martinetti (ed.) - Seth Siegelaub: Beyond Conceptual Art
Design: Irma Boom | Production: Printmanagement Plitt, Art Libro/Drukkerij Roelofs |Publisher: Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam i.s.m. Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König
Stan Douglas. The Secret Agent
Design: Sven Beirnaert | Production: Pixelbound, Graphius | Publisher: Ludion
Statement and Counter-Statement: Notes on Experimental Jetset
Design: Experimental Jetset | Production: Drukkerij Tienkamp, Stronkhorst Boekbinders | Publisher: Roma Publications
Joël Cahen, Rudi Ekkart, Roel Hijink, et al. - Het Stedelijk in de oorlog
Design: Studio Ron van Roon | Production: Michiel Hofmans, Drukkerij Ten Brink | Publisher: Bas Lubberhuizen i.s.m. Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
Mariken Wessels (ed.) - Taking off. Henry my neighbor
Design: Mariken Wessels, Jurgen Maelfeyt | Production: Die Keure, Binderij Hexspoor | Publisher: Art Paper Editions
Peter Goes - Tijdlijn
Design: Peter Goes | Production: Neografia | Publisher: Lannoo
Ton den Boon, Ruud Hendrickx (ed.) - Van Dale Groot woordenboek van de Nederlandse taal
Design: Joost Grootens, Slávka Pauliková, Dimitri Jeannottat, Hanae Shimizu | Production: Mohn Media Mohndruck GmbH | Publisher: Van Dale
Willemijn van Dijk - Via Roma
Design: Bureau Merkwaardig (Anouk de l’Ecluse en Daphne de Vries) | Production: Wilco printing & binding |Publisher: Ambo|Anthos
Bart Moeyaert - Voor we met z’n allen uit elkaar vallen
Design: Steven Theunis (Armée de Verre) | Production: New Goff, Creafor | Publisher: Het zoekend hert, Luster, E.M. Querido’s
Susanne Pietsch, Andreas Müller (ed.) - Walls that teach
Design: Sandra Kassenaar, David Bennewith | Production: Oro Grafisch Project Management | Publisher: Jap Sam Books
Robert Walser - De wandeling
Design: Dog and Pony | Production: Perfect Service, Koninklijke Wöhrmann BV | Publisher: Lebowski
Frederike Huygen - Wim Crouwel Modernist
Design: Lex Reitsma | Production: Lex Reitsma, Wilco Art Books, Boekbinderij Van Waarden, Finishing Touch | Publisher: Lecturis
Tristan Mostert en Jan van Campen - Zijden draad. China en Nederland sinds 1600 | Harm Stevens - Gepeperd verleden. Indonesië en Nederland sinds 1600 (2 parts in a series)
Design: Irma Boom Office | Production: NPN Drukkers, Boekbinderij Van Waarden | Publisher: Rijksmuseum en Vantilt
4 awards at Leipzig including first prize
March 7, 2016
The international panel of Best Book Design from all over the World has decided to grant 4 awards to the Dutch and Flemish Best Book Designs. The first prize, the Golden Letter goes to Other Evidence: Blindfold (published and designed by Titus Knegtel; printed by Tielen).
The Silver Medal is granted to Brick (Jan Peter Wingender; published by Architectura & Natura; designed by Studio Joost Grootens; printed by robstolk® and binded by Van Waarden).
The Bronze Medal goes to Het Meest Geloofde Sprookje (published and written by De Vormforensen; designed by De Vormforensen and Lyanne Tonk; printed by Tielen and binded by Abbringh).
An Honorary Appreciation is awarded to Taking off. Henry my neighbor (edited by Mariken Wessels; published by Art Paper Editions; designed by Mariken Wessels, Jurgen Maelfeyt; printed by Die Keure and binded by Hexspoor).