Interviews were conducted between 2010 and 2013. Brigitte captured the personalities of the designers and the unique atmosphere of their workplaces. She was interested in how designers lead their professional and personal lives as well as the psychological aspects of their work. Book designers share their thoughts about very crucial themes: design philosophy, earning a living with book design, publishing in the Netherlands and elsewhere, their working process and their daily lives. Their different opinions and views allow us to better understand the contemporary Dutch book design scene.Brigitte not only worked on the written content of her book, as she also took photographs of the designers in front of their bookshelves. The design and typesetting of the book are also done by the author. “Book Designers from the Netherlands” is a 16 x 24 cm book with an open binding and a register mark on the side. The cover’s orange color explicitly refers to the Netherlands.
The designers who are interviewed include Joost Grootens, Karen Polder, Ron van Roon, Françoise Berserik, Armand Mevis, Walter Nikkels, Hansje van Halem, Robbert and Oscar Schrover, Caroline de Lint, Bram de Does, Tessa van der Waals and Adriaan de Jonge.
Brigitte mentioned that the last stages of the work on her book lined up with the last months of her pregnancy. That gives us a reason to congratulate Brigitte on two new offspring!
Text — Aleksandra Samulenkova — LucasFonts