book design


Book design is the art of designing books.

Books 7

Theory of Type Design consists of 24 short chapters describing different aspects of type design, from the influence of language to today’s digital developments, from how our eyes and brain process letterforms to their power of expression.
This is the third edition of Karel Martens’s celebrated book Printed matter / Drukwerk Compared to the second edition from 2001, 40 pages have been added, and show work that Martens have done in those 9 years, and includes an interview with Martens.
This miniature book contains a complete overview of Irma Boom’s oeuvre, with commentary in 800 pages.
Back Cover (formerly known as Marie Louise) is a French magazine interested in design history and visual universe. Now with full English translation. Published twice a year.
Art/design publication which began life as a graphic design magazine, but whose content has widened to cover art, music, language, film and literature.

Articles 21

Peter Biľak speaks to Irma Boom about how her design practice developed over the past decade.
Interviews · 23 July 2012 · English · 2942 words
Third in the heavily subsidised series ‘Graphic design in the Netherlands’, Jan van Toorn, Critical Practice takes on the difficult task of exploring and striving to elucidate the work of Jan van Toorn (JvT), a designer who is not always clear about his intentions, who makes frequent use of inexplicable images and text, and whose work is often described with concepts such as ‘alienation’, ‘incomprehensibility’, ‘defamiliarisation’, ‘digressions’ and ‘intrusion’.
Reviews · 16 July 2008 · English · 896 words
L'Art Director di Collins descrive il procedimento seguito per il progetto di una nuova serie di dizionari, dal punto di vista storico, del layout e della scelta dei caratteri. Data la scala alla quale il contenuto del dizionario viene espresso, e il modo particolare in cui viene letto, le decisioni microtipografiche hanno un effetto amplificato.
Essays · 18 July 2006 · Italian · 3700 words
Graphic designer Willem Sandberg became the director of Amsterdam’s Stedelijk Museum in 1945. From that time until 1962 he designed almost all the printed matter for the Stedelijk and transformed the museum, introducing new ideas into the stuffy world of museums of that time.
Reviews · 11 May 2005 · English · 1094 words
The art director of Collins describes the process of designing the new set of dictionaries, their history, layout and choice of type. Due to the scale at which a dictionary’s content is expressed and the particular way in which the content is read, microtypographic decisions have an unusually large effect.
Essays · 28 April 2005 · English · 4514 words

Blogs 2

Neutral, designed almost a decade ago, is now finally out. It takes inspiration from typefaces that seem ageless, remaining fresh and relevant even decades after they were designed.
14 April 2014
When I started working with type some twenty years ago I imagined a couple of dream applications for my future typefaces. I had no idea about font production, but I was already fantasising about the possible results of what was then my evening hobby.
12 December 2011

Authors 6

Dutch graphic designer Hansje van Halem (1978) graduated from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy and started her own studio in Amsterdam in 2003. She creates...
Kai Bernau is a graphic and typeface designer from Germany. He lives and works in The Hague, Netherlands, where he is a co-founder of Atelier Carvalho...
Jaap van Triest (1957) is a graphic and editorial designer. He designed numerous magazines (Forum, Vormberichten, etc.), publications in collaboration...
Irma Boom (1960) is an Amsterdam-based graphic designer specializing in book design. She worked for five years at the Dutch Government Publishing and ...
Is a graphic designer and typographer working in St Gallen, East Switzerland. Brought up in the orthodoxy of modernist ‘Swiss typography’,...