33 Best Dutch Book Designs 2016

 

 

March 3, 2017

 

Publishers, commisioners, designers, printers and binders have submitted 298 books in total. 33 books distinguished themselves conspicuously by their editorial choices, graphic design, treatment of images and text, choice of material and technical workmanship.

The panel of judges consists this year of designers Yolanda Huntelaar and Remco van Bladel, Freek Kuin (creative director Robstolk printers), Eelco van Welie (CEO nai010 publishers) and Carolien Glazenburg (curator Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam).  


The Dutch selection has been sent to the international competition Schönste Bücher aus aller Welt in Leipzig. March 9 the winners will be announced.


Since last year a panel of students of five art academies judges all the submissions as well.  The selection of these future bookmakers will be announced at June 1.

 

Olafur Eliasson “Versailles”

Designer: Irma Boom | Production: Lenoirschuring, Boekbinderij Patist | Publisher: Studio Olafur Eliasson GmbH

 

Famke & Floor van Praag - Shortlist Amsterdam

Designer: Vanessa van Dam | Production: Wilco Printing & Binding | Publisher: Caperleaves

 

Batia Suter - Parallel Encyclopedia #2

Designer: Roger Willems | Production: Wilco Printing & Binding | Publisher: ROMA Publications

 

Karel Martens - Prints

Designer: Karel Martens | Production: Die Keure (BE), Handboekbinderij Geertsen | Publisher: ROMA Publications

 

Robert M. Rubin, Marianne Le Galliard - Avedon’s France: Old World, New Look

Designer: COMA Amsterdam/New York (Cornelia Blatter and Marcel Hermans) | Production: ORO Graphic Project Management, Boekbinderij Abbringh | Publisher: Abrams, New York; Bibliothèque nationale de France

 

Nieuwe Bijbelvertaling

Designer: Studio Ron van Roon (Bart Rouwhorst)| Production: Royal Jongbloed | Publisher: Nederlands Bijbelgenootschap

 

Karin Trenkel - Schöne Aussichten

Designer: High Rise (Daphne Heemskerk) | Production: Tripiti, Binderij Kiel, KarinTrenkel | Publisher: CBK Rotterdam

 

Tejo Remy & Rene Veenhuizen - The World = Our Toolkit

Designer: Esther de Vries | Production: Marc Gijzen, Wilco Art Books, Boekbinderij Patist | Publisher: Lecturis

 

Thomas Raat - Archetypes and Residues

Designer: Mainstudio (Edwin van Gelder) | Production: Lenoirschuring | Publisher: Onomatopee

 

Sophieke Thurmer and Esther Hessing - Bound to the Ground

Designer: Rob van Hoesel and Carel Fransen | Production: Sebastian Hanekroot, Grafiplaza, Binderij Hexspoor | Publisher: The Eriskay Connection

 

Laura Hospes - UCP

Designer: Laura Hospes | Production: Wilco Art Books | Publisher: Lecturis

 

Laura van Severen – LAND. On the Brink of Some Formidably Complex Matter

Designer: Rob van Hoesel | Production: Graphius (BE)| Publisher: The Eriskay Connection

 

Fabrizio Gallanti, Wiel Arets - MCHAP the Americas

Designer: Mainstudio (Edwin van Gelder and Philipp Möckli) | Production: Unicum by Gianotten, Brepols Books & Bindery (BE) | Publisher: Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago

 

Chrystel Lebas - Field Studies, Walking through Landscapes and Archives

Designer: Hans Gremmen | Production: Marc Gijzen, Drukkerij Mart. Spruijt, Boekbinderij Patist | Publisher: Fw:Books

 

 

 

Hinde Haest - 1/100 Dutch Photographic Publications from the Wingender Collection

Designer: Typography Interiority & Other Serious Matters (Els Kerremans) | Production: Hans Bol, Jan Zweerts , ANDO Graphic, Callenbach boekbinders| Publisher: Komma

 

Peter Dekens - (un)expected

Designer: Rob van Hoesel | Production: Sebastiaan Hanekroot, Wilco Art Books, Boekbinderij Patist |

Publisher: The Eriskay Connection

 

Anne Geene & Arjan de Nooy - Ornithology

Designer: Jeremy Jansen | Production: Drukkerij Tielen, Binderij Hexspoor | Publisher: de HEF

 

Anne Frank Stichting / Menno Metselaar - Dromen, denken, schrijven

Designer: Joseph Plateau (Eliane Beyer, Wouter van Eijk)|Production: Colorset (Marion Pothoff), Zwaan Printmedia, Boekbinderij Abbringh en Boekbinderij Patist | Publisher: Anne Frank Stichting

 

1:1:1 documentaries in print by Niessen & de Vries

Designer: Richard Niessen & Esther de Vries | Production: Sebastiaan Hanekroot, Drukkerij Mart. Spruijt, Boekbinderij Patist| Publisher: Boek

 

Thomas Manneke - Amsterdam

Designer: Van Lennep (Stephan Achterberg) | Production: Harold Strak, Drukkerij Tienkamp, Boekbinderij Van Waarden | Publisher: Thomas Manneke

 

 

 

 

Johannes Schwartz - The Athens Recorder

Designer: Experimental Jetset | Production: Rodi Rotatiedruk | Publisher: ROMA Publications

 

Bibi Dumon Tak and Annemarie van Haeringen - Siens hemel

Designer: Tessa van der Waals | Production: Drukkerij robstolk, Boekbinderij Van Waarden | Publisher: Em. Querido’s Kinderboeken Uitgeverij

 

Ata Kandó, Rose Ieneke van Kalsbeek and Tom Kandó - Ata Kandó: I shall use my time

Designer: Margot Wolters | Production: GLD Grafimedia, Brown Cartonnages | Publisher: Recto Verso

 

Erik Kriek - In the pines. 5 Murder Ballads

Designer: WSTNDRP Rob Westendorp | Production: Tim Beijer Producties; Wilco Printing & Binding, Handboekbinderij Geertsen | Publisher: Scratch Books

 

Martanke Rinck and Martijn van der Linden - Tangramkat

Designer: Marc Suvaal and Martijn van der Linden | Production: Eurasia, Alphen aan den Rijn | Publisher: Lemniscaat

 

Marijn van Kreij - Reclining Nude with a Man playing the Guitar

Designer: Irma Boom Office (Akiko Wakabayashi and Irma Boom)| Production: Lenoirschuring | Publisher: ABN AMRO Awards

 

In need of... Graduation 2016 Design Academy Eindhoven

Designer: Haller Brun | Production: Drukkerij Robstolk, Rodi Rotatiedruk, Boekbinderij Patist | Publisher: Design Academy Eindhoven

 

 

 

 

 

Lensvelt Contract Furniture / Space Encounters / Nienke Blokhuis - Boring Collection

Designer: Sanne Beeren | Production: Lenoirschuring, Boekbinderij Patist | Publisher: Lensvelt Contract Furniture

 

Karl Ove Knausgård – De vier seizoenen: Herfst and Winter (part 1 and 2)

Designer: Kris Demey, Jan Van Der Veken | Production: Ucello, Wilco Printing & Binding | Publisher: De Geus

 

Lize Spit - Het smelt

Designer: Studio Vruchtvlees, Anne Lint | Production: Tim Beijer Producties; Wilco Printing & Binding | Publisher: Das Mag Uitgevers

 

Emily Dickinson & Edna St. Vincent Millay – Dwars Vers (translated by Ans Bouter)

Designer: Team Thursday (Simone Trum and Loes van Esch) | Production: Drukkerij Tielen, Binderij Hexspoor| Publisher: Ans Bouter and Benjamin Groothuyse

 

Marjanne van Helvert (ed.) - The Responsible Object: A History of Design Ideology for the Future

Designer: Ruben Pater | Production: Wilco Art Books (Mariska Bijl), Ten Brink | Publisher: Valiz

 

Emilie Pallard, Niels Heymans, Makiko Shinoda - Opening Traditions

Designer: Fält (Daniel Flodin and Jesper Canell) | Production: Lenoirschuring | Publisher: Emilie Pallard & Niels Heymans

 

 

 

 

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 info@bestverzorgdeboeken.nl.  



 

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.  

 

 

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.

Selection:

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.

Submission is closed

 

 

January 19, 2016

 

On February 22  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: www.bestverzorgdeboeken.be.

 

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.

THE BEST DUTCH BOOK DESIGNS 2014

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)

 

 

THE BEST DUTCH BOOK DESIGNS 2014

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 


THE BEST DUTCH BOOK DESIGNS 2014

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

THE BEST DUTCH BOOK DESIGNS 2014

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

 

 

THE BEST DUTCH BOOK DESIGNS 2014

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

 

THE BEST DUTCH BOOK DESIGNS 2014

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 

A special selection at the Museum Gouda

 

February 16, 2015

From February 17 onwards the Museum Gouda will be hosting the exhibition Uitgelezen. It is an exhibition on the printing of books, on reading and on books in general, by means of four varying and compact presentations. Three of those are historical in character, the fourth being about the future of the book.

 

Guest curator Petra Luijkx (Museum Meermanno, The Hague) is of the opinion that the well-designed book is heading towards a bright future. She makes her statement by showing some 30 books that since the year 2000 have been elected among the Best Dutch Book Designs.

 

This special selection out of fourteen Best Dutch Book Designs selections was put together on her invitation by a special jury (photo: Frank Jansen, Rijswijk).

 

The exhibition will be running until May 17. For more information, and also some additional events, go to www.museumgouda.nl.

 

 

The Best Dutch Book Designs 2013 on show

February 15, 2015

On Friday February 27 The Best Dutch Book Designs 2014 will be disclosed. Right now The Best Dutch Book Designs 2013 are still to be seen at Museum Meermanno | Huis van het Boek, The Hague (prolongated until May 17) and at printers Lenoirschuring of Amstelveen.

 

Previously this selection has been on show at the following venues:

Leipzig, Leipzig Book Fair, March 13-16, 2014
Berlin, TYPO Berlin, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, May 15-17, 2014, as the main part of The Best of Dutch Book Design

Berlin, Dutch embassy, May 20-June 20, 2014, as the main part of The Best of Dutch Book Design (photo)
Frankfurt, Frankfurt Book Fair, October 8-12, 2014, as part of Book Art International

– Amsterdam, Stedelijk Museum, October 25, 2014-February 15, 2015
Vienna, Neue Hauptbücherei, December 4, 2014-Februari 7, 2015
Tokyo, Printing Museum, November 29, 2014-Februari 22, 2015, as part of World Book Design 2013-2014

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.

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

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
–  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
–  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 book 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

Binders Hexspoor present a decade of their Best Dutch Book Designs

January 21, 2013

Binders Hexspoor of Boxtel published a book in which their Best Dutch Book Designs dating from the years 2002 to 2011 were brought together.

Hexspoor is a specialist in soft cover books. As such it is a Best Dutch Book Designs regular. Out of a ten years period Hexspoor compiled sixty awarded books in a goodwill publication. Together these books give a lively and thorough impression of the various finishing solutions that Hexspoor is able to provide. This book presents no less than thirty different ones.

He who leafs through the book from the front to the back cover, will only see spreads with images. While she who is leafing from the back to the front, will see spreads with text only. Just the same was the case with the Best Dutch Book Designs catalogue of 1989. Designed by Irma Boom, this catalogue was finished by Hexspoor.

The flexible cover shows an image in linen that was put together using a new digital weaving process.

The Best Dutch Book Designs 2011 on show

January 20, 2013

During the upcoming months the Best Dutch Book Designs 2011 will be on show at several venues in the Netherlands and abroad. These are the exhibitions that are definite:

> Amstelveen, printers Lenoirschuring, from February 8 onwards.

Earlier in the year the Best Dutch Book Designs 2011 have been on show at:
> Leipzig Book Fair, 15-18 March
> Frankfurt Book Fair, 10-14 October
> Izmir, Yasar University, 18 October-5 November (The Best of Dutch Book Design)
> Amsterdam, Pakhuis De Zwijger, Papier Hier, 17 November
> Tuyap, Istanbul Book Fair, 17-20 November (The Best of Dutch Book Design)
> Amsterdam, Stedelijk Museum, 17 October-25 November
> Mumbai, India, Dutch Design Workspace, 10 December-10 January 2013 (The Best of Dutch Book Design)
> Leeuwarden, Tresoar, 14 December 2012-1 February 2013
> Vienna, Neue Hauptbücherei, 4 December 2012-9 February 2013
> The Hague, Museum Meermanno | Huis van het Boek, 1 November 2012-24 February 2013
> Tokyo, Toppan Printing Museum, 17 November 2012-24 February 2013
>  Poznán, Poland, School of Form, 11-25 May (The Best of Dutch Book Design)

The Best Dutch Book Designs 2012: wanna submit?

December 10, 2012

It's registration time for The Best Dutch Book Designs 2012. The registration period will run until January 8, 2013.

E-books and book-apps
Most of the time our judges are in for a bit of adventure. If the quality of a submission gave them the urge, they've always been willing to stretch the boundaries of the book. In the past they occasionnally admitted annual reports into the Best Dutch Book Designs. Or a desk agenda. Or a promotional brochure. Even an inflatable bed once has been a Best Dutch Book Design.

And now one can vey well imagine our judges selecting an e-book or a book-related app into the Best Dutch Book Designs.
So don't hesitate to submit such a 'book'. Notwithstanding the fact that it's paperless, it could very well be the vehicle of a development that the Best Dutch Book Designs judges gladly might want to signalize.

Now traveling: The Best
 of Dutch Book Design

October 18, 2012

The very same week that the Best Dutch Book Designs 2011 exhibition opened at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, another Best Dutch Book Designs show came out into the open: The Best of Dutch Book Design. This traveling exhibition, an initiative of Premsela – The Netherlands Institute for Design and Fashion, opens today at Yasar University in Izmir, Turkey. In November The Best of Dutch Book Design will move to the Istanbul Book Fair and in December to Dutch Design Workspace in Mumbai.

The Best of Dutch Book Design presents some forty Best Dutch Book Designs. The compact and easy-to-handle design comes from the Amsterdam-based Studio Laurens van Wieringen. The complete selection of 2011 is on show, to which a dozen Best Dutch Book Designs from the years 2006 to 2010 are being added.

In bringing about The Best of Dutch Book Design Premsela cooperated with BNO/Pictoright, the Dutch Foundation for Literature, SICA – Dutch Centre for International Cultural Activities, and Stichting De Best Verzorgde Boeken.

The Stedelijk shows the Best Dutch Book Designs in a new setting

October 16, 2012

In the new wing of the recently reopened Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, with the facade of the old museum building as a backdrop, the Best Dutch Book Designs 2011 will be on show until November 25.

Paul Kuipers and Herman Verkerk of EventArchitectuur contributed a new design for the yearly exhibition that is a pleasure to look at. Some of the books on show are to be purchased at the museum shop. Just like the catalogue The Best Dutch Book Designs 2011 De Best Verzorgde Boeken (€ 27,50). 

On Tuesday October 16, right after the museum closed it's doors for the public, the invitees for the exhibition opening crowded the spacious entrance hall. In the Tejin-auditorium they listened to speeches from Carolien Glazenburg, curator of the Stedelijk, Rob Huisman, board member of The Best Dutch Book Designs and Tim Vermeulen, program manager Designworld at Premsela – The Netherlands Institute for Design and Fashion. He introduced the new traveling exhibition The Best of Dutch Book Design, a fresh initiative of Premsela. Just Enschedé, director of The Best Dutch Book Designs presented the new catalogue, that was designed by Meeusontwerpt.

The Best Dutch Book Designs back at the Stedelijk

August 28, 2012

 

Three weeks after the opening of the completely renovated and extended museum by Queen Beatrix the Best Dutch Book Designs 2011 will be on show at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam.

The exhibition will start at October 17 and will be running until November 25.

For the Stedelijk Museum and The Best Dutch Book Designs this puts an end to an eight-year period of joint wandering through Amsterdam, necessitated by the renovation of the old museum building. For five years we found a home at the Stedelijk Post CS building near the Central Station, one time we joined forces with the Special Collections Library of the Amsterdam University and the two most recent years the Best Dutch Book Designs have been a part of the Temporary Stedelijk shows in the old museum building on Paulus Potterstraat.

Praise for books from the Netherlands

February 24, 2012

This year's judging for Best Book Design from all over the World in Leipzig resulted in triple praise for books from the Netherlands, all three of them belonging to the Best Dutch Book Designs 2011.

The book Utilité by Ellen Korth, in which forty devotees of fine needlework are being presented, was awarded a silver medal.

There was a bronze medal for What we Wear, the graduation project of Pieter van den Boogert at the Hague academy, tracking the globe-covering itinerary of our clothes.

An honorable mention went to Gomorrah Girl, a documentary of Italian photographer Valerio Spada on the fate of a Neapolitan girl.

Speaking about graphic design, the first and the last book are of the same hand, that of -SYB- (brand name for designer Sybren Kuiper from the Hague).

 

Best Book Design from all over the World is the most important international beauty contest for the book, Stiftung Buchkunst, keeper of the German Most Beautiful Books contest, being it's organiser, www.stiftung-buchkunst.de

 

An international jury of seven saw 540 entries from 31 countries, all national Best Book Designs selections. Save for the first prize, the Golden Letter, there are 1 gold, 2 silver and 5 bronze medals to be had – and 5 honourable mentions.

The photograph shows the Dutch Leipzig awardees Pieter van den Boogert and Ellen Korth, together with Astrid Vorstermans, member of the Best Dutch Book Designs jury. The photo was taken during the award ceremony on March 16 at the Leipzig Book Fair.

The Best Dutch Book Designs 2011

February 17, 2012

The Best Dutch Book Designs selection of 2011 consists of thirty books, all released last year.

This selection was put together by a jury whose members are Jan de Boer (designer at Studio Jan de Boer, Amsterdam), Frederike Huygen (design historian, Amsterdam), Fokko Tamminga (printers ANDO, The Hague) and Astrid Vorstermans (Valiz, books and cultural projects, Amsterdam). In all they judged 338 submitted books.

In the autumn the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam will exhibit the Best Dutch Book Designs 2011. Simultaneously the catalogue The Best Dutch Book Designs 2011 De Best Verzorgde Boeken will be out. Later there will be more exhibitions, in the Netherlands as well as abroad.

The Best Dutch Book Designs 2011 are also the Dutch entry to Best Book Design from all over the World, the international beauty contest for the book, held annually in Leipzig. The results of this competition are expected by February 24.

The Best Dutch Book Designs 2011 are generously supported by paper suppliers Antalis (Almere), collective rights organisation BNO/Pictoright (Amsterdam) and L. van Heek Textiles (Losser), manufacturer of book binding materials.

For a look at The Best Dutch Book Designs 2011, you only need to press the buttons Archive and Selections.

Exhibitions The Best Dutch Book Designs 2010

February 16, 2012

The Best Dutch Book Designs 2010 are still on show at: 
>   Amstelveen, printers Lenoirschuring, from mid-January 2012 onwards 

The Best Dutch Book Designs 2010 were previously on show at:
>   Leipzig, Leipzig Book Fair, 17-20 March
>   Amsterdam, Stedelijk Museum, 11 June-17 July
>   Zwijndrecht, de Bibliotheek A tot Z, 1 July-13 August, exhibition in collaboration with local booksellers Edel, Plantage Scheurwater and De Salon
>   Frankfurt am Main, Frankfurt Book Fair, as part of Buchkunst International, 12-16 October
>   The Hague, Museum Meermanno | Huis van het Boek, 1 November 2011 until 5 February 2012
>   Amsterdam, Pakhuis De Zwijger, Papier Hier, 19 November
>   Vienna, Neue Hauptbücherei, 7 December 2011 until 4 February 2012
>   Tokio, Toppan Printing Museum, 12 November until 19 February 2012

The Best Dutch Book Designs 2011: entries welcome

December 5, 2011


The days are getting shorter, the year is approaching its ending. That means it's time to enter books for the Best Dutch Book Designs 2011. For the 53rd time a jury of five book professionals will be putting together a choice collection of 30-33 books from the Netherlands, that saw the light during 2011.

Publishers, commissioners, designers and printers, all of them are entitled to enter books that they value worthy of the jury's attention. We would be glad to receive two copies of these books along with a completed entry form by wednesday 4 January 2012. The entry form is to be completed online. You get there by clicking the buttons The Best Dutch Book Designs and Registration. The entry fee has been the same now for many years: € 50 for each entry, plus VAT.

Similarly, the selection of the Dutch jury will be the Dutch entry in the Best Book Design from all over the World competition in Leipzig. We expect to disclose the Best Dutch Book Designs 2011 on 17 February 2012.

Later in the year there will be the Best Dutch Book Designs 2011 exhibition at the refurbished and expanded Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. The catalogue The Best Dutch Book Designs 2011 De Best Verzorgde Boeken will be out, and more shows will be added to the programme, in the Netherlands as well as abroad.


As in previous years, this new round of judging has been made possible by loyal support from paper suppliers Antalis, Almere, BNO/Pictoright, Amsterdam, and L. van Heek Textiles, Losser.


A new round, that means new chances!

Book design awards worldwide

October 23, 2011


The Korean quarterly Graphic dedicated it's autumn issue completely to book design awards. The awards in France, Korea, the Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland and Wallony & Brussels are presented in interviews with award organisers and jury members. The same goes for Leipzig's Best Book Design from all over the World.

The second part of this 200 page volume contains the books that were selected in all these awards. To each book are added it's own judges report and often a note from the designer. These books are arranged in alphabetical order, which paints a picture of the awarded book as such. Thus the first part of this issue is all about national differences, the second part about global parallels. Lots of images. Text in Korean and English. www.graphicmag.kr.

 

The Best Dutch Book Designs 2010 at the Stedelijk Museum

June 16, 2011

From June 11 onward The Best Dutch Book Designs 2010 are on show at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, as part of The Temporary Stedelijk 2. The exhibition will last until July 17. 

On show are the 33 Best Dutch Book Designs of 2010. They were picked out of 376 submissions by a jury of five professional specialists. These were the designers Vanessa van Dam and Jan de Boer, publisher Erna Staal, printer Fokko Tamminga and Ada Lopes Cardozo, senior teacher at the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague. The exhibition was designed by Paul Kuipers and Herman Verkerk of EventArchitectuur.

Together with the opening the catalog The Best Dutch Book Designs 2010 De Best Verzorgde Boeken was released. This 420 page book was made possible by generous support from paper suppliers Antalis and Arctic Paper Benelux, along with a number of companies in the Dutch graphic industry. The book was designed by Niels Schrader (Minddesign). Price € 27,50. ISBN 978 90 5965 144 9.

Exhibitions The Best Dutch Book Designs 2009

May 13, 2011

Right at this moment The Best Dutch Book Designs 2009 are still to be seen at:
>   Printers Lenoirschuring, Amstelveen.

Previously they have been on show at:
>   Leipzig Book Fair (18-21 March 2010)
>   Frankfurt Book Fair (6-10 October 2010)
>   Amsterdam, The Temporary Stedelijk at the Stedelijk Museum, 16 October 2010 until 9 January 2011
>   Tokyo, Toppan Printing Museum, 23 October 2010 until 23 January 2011
>   The Hague, Museum Meermanno | Huis van het Boek,
2 November 2010 until 13 February 2011
>   Amsterdam, Pakhuis de Zwijger (Grafisch Papier Hier),
20 November 2010
>    Wenen, Neue Hauptbücherei, 3 December 2010 until
12 February 2011
>   Rotterdam, Printers De Maasstad, 6-22 December 2010
>   Rotterdam, Booksellers v/h Van Gennep, January 2011
>   Ljubljana, International Centre of Graphic Arts, 19 April until 6 May 2011

A farewell to Marten Jongema

April 10, 2011

On April 7 Marten Jongema, curator of the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam died. For six years he has been our partner in realizing the Best Dutch Book Designs exhibitions at the museum.

Initially Marten Jongema and the Best Dutch Book Designs had to grow accustomed to each other. But this being accomplished, we found ourselves in a collaboration that was profitable to both parties.

The Best Dutch Book Designs exhibition, each year presented slightly differently by EventArchitectuur designers: thanks to Marten Jongema. Each year a bonus added to the exhibition, giving a deeper insight into a certain book category: thanks to Marten Jongema. A more casual touch to the exhibition opening and the handing of the awards: thanks to Marten Jongema.

Marten was a multi-talented man. He was accomplished in visual matters but he was simultaneously a good reader. Being a designer of posters and book jackets, the design side of books held no secrets for him.

Last year he visited us to leaf through the Best Dutch Book Designs of 2009. With unfailing eye he drew one book out of the pile. It was Still Wild, a modest volume with work of photographer Sarah Engelhard, a series of photos of animals killed by automobiles. It was not the curator Marten Jongema who followed his fascination by picking out this book, it was the designer.

He will not be forgotten.

Congo is Best Book Cover 2011

March 3, 2011


Booksellers chose Congo by David Van Reybrouck as Best
Book Cover 2011. The cover was designed by Studio Jan de Boer for publishers De Bezige Bij. Featuring a strong portrait photograph by Stephan Vanfleteren, it was a bookseller's favourite. This is a nice addition to the success of Congo, a book that previouly won various awards for its contents.


Beside the winning design for Congo the jury of booksellers had nominated another of Studio Jan de Boer's cover designs: Staal (by Silvia Avallone, also published by De Bezige Bij). In previous years the effective covers of Jan de Boer had already taken nominations for the election of the Best Book Cover every once in a while. But young designer Leentje van Wirdum (Achter de stilte by Beate Teresa Hanika, for publishers Lemniscaat) was right on De Boer's heels. Her design ended second place, only two votes short for taking the first. The other nominations followed these two on a clear distance, each with roughly the same number of votes.

Studio Jan de Boer of Amsterdam, celebrating its 25th birthday last year, is one of the leading specialists in book design in the Netherlands. Publishers De Bezige Bij, Podium, Ambo|Anthos, A.W. Bruna and Nijgh & Van Ditmar are among its many clients.

For the winning designer there was a goblet, and for the winning publisher a silver challenge cup. These were handed over during a festive gathering at the Special Collections library of the University of Amsterdam.

The election of the Best Book Cover is an initiative of book trade magazine Boekblad and Stichting De Best Verzorgde Boeken. For this tenth election a jury of five booksellers nominated twelve covers of titles released in 2010. Between February 17 and 28 everyone working in a Dutch bookshop had the opportunity to vote at Boekblad's website for their favourite book cover. Some 200 booksellers went to the ballot.