Submission closed





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  


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 ( 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.  



Student panel: 
-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).


The panel has chosen from 600 submitted entries from 32 countries. The Best Designs from all over the World knows the following awards:1 Golden Letter, 1 Golden Medal, 2 Silver Medals, 5 Bronze Medals and 5 Honorary Appreciations.

The award ceremony will be at March 18 at the Leipzig Book Fair.