This is almost the shortest entry in this year’s judges’ report. There was no debate whatever: a unanimous vote determined that this book belonged in The Best Dutch Book Designs 2016. It is a collection of sheets printed in cheerful dayglow colours on one side only and folded crosswise, and then, heads uncut, held together by centre stitching. Martens’s last book had more variety but the prints in this one are much brighter and more attractive.

Author Karel Martens

Year 2016

Language English

Publisher Roma Publications, Amsterdam

Designer Karel Martens

Prepress Die Keure, Bruges (BE)

Printer Die Keure, Bruges (BE) (Magenta replaced by Pantone 805 fluorescence. The head of the book block is untrimmed, so the pages are still folded. The cover consists of one sheet printed with the contents of the interior and cut through the middle, resulting in two different covers.)

Binder Handboekbinderij Geertsen, Nijmegen

Size 170 x 240

Number of pages 48 p.

Print run 3,500 (cover A: 1,750 and cover B: 1,750)

Price € 22.50

ISBN 978 94 91843 77 8

Font Junka (Jung-Lee Type Foundry)

Binding style Centre stitching with cover sewn on, then folded so as to conceal thread

Material 100gsm Munken Lynx, 100gsm Muskat Grey (interior); 100gsm Munken Lynx (cover)