What a burly and what a stupendously well-made arts college catalogue this is! With a power play like this, the Design Academy in Eindhoven demonstrates not only that it takes its students seriously, but also that it genuinely helps them find their own direction. And it’s fantastic that it does. It’s a fine reference work, and browsing its pages allows one to gain a flavour of present trends. The format is magnificent, and the fact that this makes it possible for the names of all the new graduates to be paraded on the spine is a demonstration of how much the academy appreciates them.

 

The book’s structure has been well thought out: the editing is good, the typography exciting, the photographs have been lithographed with care and the printing throughout is pin-sharp. The occasional half page creates intriguing new cross-connections that are yet more proof that this book is simply too well made to be simply put aside. In short, it lifts the concept of the course catalogue to a higher and more professional plane. And as it seemed to us, it serves an even greater good: in international terms this is sublime PR for all the Netherlands’ art colleges and academies.

 

Author Joost Grootens, Jurriënne Ossewold, Gert Staal (ed.)

Year 2017

Language English

Edited by picture editing by Studio Joost Grootens (Joost Grootens, Chen Jhen, Dimitri Jeannottat, Seo-kyung Kim)

Publisher Design Academy Eindhoven, Eindhoven

Designer Studio Joost Grootens, Amsterdam (Joost Grootens, Dimitri Jeannottat, Chen Jhen)

Prepress UNICUM | Gianotten Printed Media, Tilburg

Printer UNICUM | Gianotten Printed Media, Tilburg

Binder Hexspoor, Boxtel

Size 245 x 335 x 28

Number of pages 500 p.

Price € € 39

ISBN 978 94 91400 35 3

Font Media 77 (Optimo Type Foundry), Neue Haas Unica (Monotype)

Binding style sewn soft cover using black threads

Material 100gsm Amber Graphic (Antalis) (interior); 400gsm Munken Polar (cover)