This year’s entries for the Best Dutch Book Designs numbered more than 300, of which 105 submissions were selected for discussion. In the end, 33 books were chosen, leaving 30 runners-up. All of them are overviewed in this superbly bound volume, which details the finer points of the jury’s selection process, wherein pivotal questions were posed, such as the quality and inclusion of different types of paper, whether a book lies open nicely, the failings of indifferent typography, how the captions are formulated and located, new developments in narrative style, and if the book reflects everyday digital reality. In short, an intimate and loving tribute to book design.
362 pages, 13 x 20cm, hardcover, CPNB (Amsterdam).