if you follow me on twitter, you probably already knew that i was doing a post on the inspiring book Karel Martens: counterprint. i’m sure most of you know Karel Martens, but for those of you who don’t, i will provide a short introduction.

i’m thinking about a designer spotlight series about book (or graphic) designers. if you’re interested in this please comment below. if you are, i might do a series.

about Karel Martens

Karel Martens is very inspirational dutch graphic designer, typographer and teacher. he is also the founder of Werkplaats Typografie, a two-year masters programme of ArtEZ Institute of the Arts. after graduating art school in Arnhem, Karel Martens worked as freelance graphic designer and on non-commissioned projects. i once saw him at a lecture. he then explained that restrictions could improve your design once you turn them into solutions.

about the book

throughout his career, Martens has always been experimenting with print. he used found objects such as metal plates or Meccano to make studies in form and colour. Karel Martens: counterprint (the second book about the designer) is completely devoted to his free work. the main text in the book is an essay of Paul Elliman called The world as a printing surface and the book is designed at Werkplaats Typografie by Hans Gremmen.

the book is bound in japanese fashion and the cover folds out to a large wrapper. the first picture of this post actually shows a bit of the inside cover. the design of the book is very relaxed and modest (i hope i’m using the right word here). it doesn’t feel overly designed. the design lets the works speak for themselves and they sure do. can’t wait for Printed matter / Drukwerk to arrive!

update: you can order the dutch version of this book at lecturisbooks.nl 
book Karel Martens: counterprint 
author Paul Elliman, introduction by Carel Kuitenbrouwer
design Hans Gremmen
publisher Hyphen Press
printer Lecturis
isbn 9780907259251
price £17.50, €17,50
pages 32 pg, 297 x 210 mm, paperback
text english