Book Designers from the Netherlands

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Between 2010 and 2013, Schuster interviewed thirteen prominent, contemporary book designers from the Netherlands. The interviews provide a fascinating look into the worlds of book designers who belong to different generations, and whose work has been shaped by different experiences and career choices. What emerges is an intimate look into the book designing process and the designers themselves. Schuster uncovers the methodology of each designer, from detail-oriented typographers, to those who prefer a more concept-oriented approach; and from the designers who have used the book as a platform to present their own visions, to others who see themselves as craftspeople, lending their skills and artistry to other artists’ voices. All in all, the book – which is aimed at designers and book-lovers – provides a good insight into today’s Dutch book design scene. In addition to the textual interviews and a foreword by Paul van Capelleveen, Curator at the Department of Collections at Koninklijke Bibliotheek, National Library of the Netherlands, the book contains a wealth of coloured illustrations of the designers and their work, many of which have never yet been reproduced.

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