The Best Dutch Book Designs 2012


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.


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


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


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


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


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