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.
Karel Martens – Prints
Publisher: Roma Publications, Amsterdam
Designer: Karel Martens, Amsterdam
Lithographer: Die Keure, Bruges (BE)
Printer: Die Keure, Bruges (BE) (magenta replaced by Pantone 805 fluorescent)
Binder: Handboekbinderij Geertsen, Nijmegen (the cover consisting of one sheet printed with the contents of the interior and cut through the middle, resulting in two different covers)
Dimensions: 170 x 240 x 5
Amount of pages: 48 p.
Number of copies: 3,500
Price: € 22.50
ISBN: 978 94 91843 77 8
Font and foundry: Junka (Jung-Lee Type Foundry)
Binding style: centre stitching with cover sewn on, then folded; the head of the book block is left untrimmed
Material: 100gsm Munken Lynx, 100gsm Muskat Grey (interior), 100gsm Munken Lynx (cover)