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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

Flanders also praises their books with a best designed books election this year (until 2010 known as the Plantin-Moretus price). Flemish designers have until december 1 to register. and those interested can find more information on the new website.

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

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

publisher Uitgeverij Huis Clos comes with a tribute to typographer Leo de Bruin who designed books for publishing house SUN, Nijmegen. several were rewarded in the annual best verzorgde boeken (best designed books) election. in the book authors Eric de Kuyper and Ad de Visser, who worked with De Bruin at SUN, discuss their cooperation and Karel Martens, who was the designer before De Bruin joined SUN, discusses both his personality and work. Henk Hoeks, then editor of SUN, paints a picture of the development of De Bruins typography while design critic Ewan Lentjes places the work in the broader context of the changed role of typography.

tonight (16 february 2011) dutch radio show De Avonden focuses on the monograph by talking to graphic designer Piet Gerards and editor & co-founder of SUN Henk Hoeks. dutch readers can tune in on radio 6 at 22.00 pm.

book Leo de Bruin, typograaf
author Henk Hoeks e.a.
publisher Uitgeverij Huis Clos
isbn 9789079020096
price €19,50
pages 128 pg, 220 x 170 mm, offset
type Bembo
paper Artic Volume
print run 750