i’m excited about the results of the annual Best Verzorgde Boeken (best designed books) election here in the Netherlands. the results are expected to be published tomorrow! this election shows the current state of dutch book design, if there is one. it’s an exciting day for designers who entered, because in addition to lifelong fame in the book world :-) the design will also be entered in the international book judging Schönste Bücher aus aller Welt in Leipzig.

hopefully there will be a new catalog as well. last year’s catalog was designed by Hansje van Halem. she blogged about her design and included some nice pictures of the book. the catalog is always very informative (especially for designers) because of the extra information, like what paper was used, who printed the book etc.

there’s also an international travelling exhibition with the selected books. last year the exhibition went to Leipzig, Frankfurt, Tokyo, Vienna and several dutch cities. more info to come!

cover of the 2009 catalog, designed by Hansje van Halem