Every year since 1926, an expert jury has selected the 30 best-looking new Dutch books for inclusion in The Best of Dutch Book Design. Jurors look at materials and printing quality as well as graphic design and typography. Printers with a passion for their work and a love of books play an important role, as do the commissioners of the designs – the publishers – who are often passionate about books and have a keen feeling for their tactile and visual qualities.
2012’s The Best of Dutch Book Design went on the road in October. The show, made up of last year’s 30 best-looking books plus the top 12 from previous years, has so far been to Mumbai, India; Yasar University in Izmir, Turkey; and the Istanbul Book Fair.
The Best of Dutch Book Design is a coproduction of The New Institute, the SICA Dutch Centre for International Cultural Activities, the Association of Dutch Designers, the Dutch Foundation for Literature and Stichting De Best Verzorgde Boeken.