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hope you all had i lovely christmas. i really love this time of year, especially when dutch printers come out with such beautiful planners. i love the thought that went into this beautiful diary of ‘Drukkerij Ando’. they’ve been publishing diaries for the past to decades, each year by a different designer or artist. this year Walvis & Mosmans designed it and what an incredible job they did.


here it is… my long awaited planner update. are you using a paper planner next year?


julie joliat planners / €21


typotheque monthly planner / €8

Afbeelding 6

hinosx diary h13 / €21.50 (including vat and shipping in the netherlands)

IMG_1962 / €36.50 (currently sold out but there’s a waiting list)

linendiary1c / £15

if you have any recommendations on good planners, organizers, diaries or whatever you would like to call them: please leave a comment!

just saw this image over at (which is a great blog so check it out) and i had to share it with you all. Sydney-based design studio Naughtyfish designed these clever spines for desktop magazine which can be rearranged to create different ‘totems’. i love it!


oh hi! it has been a while since i last posted on this blog (almost a year). i was having difficulties with wordpress and being really busy didn’t help. i’m hoping to find some time to blog in the near future so stay tuned and thanks for sticking with me :-)

this week the selection of Best Verzorgde Boeken 2011 (best designed books) got announced. congratulations to all the winners! last year i complained about the poor communication by the organization and this year is no different unfortunately. as soon as i found about the selection i posted them on twitter and facebook but i feel the winners deserve a post on here as well.

i can’t find the jury rapport at this point but i think i’ll have to wait until autumn because that’s when the selection will be exhibited at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. the catalog will be published around the same time.

if you’re interested in book judging, the korean magazine GRAPHIC devoted an issue to the phenomenon. you can order it at the GRAPHIC website.

image belongs to Stichting Best Verzorgde Boeken

if you’re in the Netherlands that is! you can now enter the best designed books election if you designed a book that was published in 2011. the competition is not only open for book designers, publishers, clients and printers can enter as well.

if you want to enter you have to fill in a registration form that can be completed online (dutch). you have until january 4 to ensure that your design will be competing, so hurry up! good luck everyone, would love to see some iloveboeken followers win!

sorry if this post is a bit late, i got caught up in all of the holidays hoopla. hope you all had a merry christmas!

and i’ve got another bookshelf for you all, this time i’m featuring the Slip Shelf by London based design consultancy Gitta Gschwendtner.

image belongs to Gitta Gschwendtner

i’m always a sucker for great store window displays like the ones from Anthropologie and i hope to one day live in a house with thick walls so i can dress my own little displays. i recently came across these ones, don’t know if they are all bookstores though.

all images are found on pinterest

this Zaide Coffee Table by Chicago-based furniture brand Ali Sandifer has to be perfect for storing your coffee table books.

image belongs to ali sandifer studio

this my third article in this series dedicated to children’s book week, you can read my earlier posts here and here. this time i want to focuse on the new children’s books that were rewarded at the best designed books election in the Netherlands.

roodkapje was een toffe meid

this book is a further introduction to seven known fairy tales such as Little Red Riding Hood, the title actually reads Little Red Riding Hood was a fly girl. the fairy tales are all rewritten to a rap beat. the jury of the best designed books election was divided, but the book made it because of the ‘apparent pleasure that this book in all its parts breathes’ and because of the cleverly incorporated cd that you can find in the front cover.

book Roodkapje was een toffe meid
artist Marjet Huiberts, Wendy Panders, Benaïssa Linger  
designer Wendy Panders  
printing and binding Leo Paper, Hong Kong (CN)  
publisher Gottmer Uitgevers Groep, Haarlem
isbn 9789025746841 
price 17,95 euro 
pages 48 pages, hardcover, 256 x 238 x 12 mm  
text dutch  
edition 5.000

ik leer je liedjes van verlangen en aan je apenstaartje hangen

this book called ‘i teach you songs of longing and hang your monkey tail’ – it does actually rhyme in dutch, is a collection of myths of La Fontaine. the 47 spreads show just as many animals in alphabetical order. the wordy poems from Bette Westera have perfect relation with the beautiful illustrations from Sylvia Weve. it is written in a way that both children and adults will enjoy.

book Ik leer je liedjes van verlangen en aan je apenstaartje hangen  
author Bette Westera, Sylvia Weve  
designer Bockting Ontwerpers
printing and binding Interpress, Boedapest (H) 
publisher Gottmer Uitgevers Groep, Haarlem
isbn 9789025747411 
price €19,95
pages 100 pages, hardcover, 210 x 330 x 17 mm
text dutch  
edition 5.000
font Prokyon Condensed

vervoersdingen / amsterdamse dingen

vervoersdingen / amsterdamse dingen (transport things / amsterdam things) are two new books in a things-series by publisher Gottmer. according to the jury it’s ‘a toddler-proof cardboard booklet with thirty-three square images and preferably not more than one word underneath’. so what’s special about it right? on occasion there’s a surprise detail. these little books aren’t reading books but look books, ‘they allow children to look at language on the basis of the images … very open and interactive.’

all images belong to Stichting Best Verzorgde Boeken

book Vervoersdingen / Amsterdamse dingen 
authors Matthijs Immink, Nathalie Faber 
designer me studio 
printing and binding Leo Paper, Hong Kong (CN) 
publisher Gottmer Uitgevers Groep, Haarlem 
isbn 9789025747565/9789025747558 
price 8,95 euro 
pages 34 pages, cardboard booklet with round corners, 151 x 152 x 27 mm 
text dutch 
edition 3.000 
font Softmachine