PaperSpecsGallery.com Presents: Best Dutch Book Design Catalog (Video)
Choosing the right binding option doesn’t just allow you to keep a bunch of pages together, it enables you to create a strong first impression. And in the case of this week’s video, it helped put a winning face on the 2016 Best Dutch Book Designs catalog. Actually, 33 different faces.
With an egalitarianism you don’t often find in design awards these days, the catalog’s designers, Beukers Scholma, did away with page numbers and ensured that each of the 33 winners received an opportunity to be “on the cover.”
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No, we’re not talking about the miracles of variable-data printing that you enjoy with digital printing. Rather, they essentially created 33 mini-publications – each getting one signature – and then Smyth sewed them all together into one large book. (The signatures are sewn together at the spine, first through the individual signatures and then, to create the final book, these signatures are also sewn together with thread.)
They then bound a few copies of the catalog with Signature 1 as the cover project, a few copies with Signature 2 as the cover project, and so on. As a result, each award winner had the chance to be on the cover of this book at least a few times – you really can’t be fairer than that.
While the printing of each signature is very nice indeed – the eight printers whose books won awards divvied up the printing work for this project – it is the expert binding by Boekbinderij Patist that really makes this volume one to remember. The designers explain the difficult process involved:
“To guarantee the right order they must take careful note of the collating marks on the back of the folded sheets [signatures] of each section. Usually these are step marks forming a diagonal line across the spine of the book. Here the diagonal is interrupted so that the collating marks move about, revealing the hand of the binder in the varying patterns of the catalogues’ spines.”
In keeping with the book’s philosophy of giving each book a moment in the sun, Beukers Scholma avoided placing the “Best Dutch Book Designs” title on the 33 unique covers, which would have distracted from their impact. Instead, they had Aldoscreen Zeefdrukkerij screen print the title – in Dutch and English – along the edges of the closed pages so that it essentially wraps around the book.
In this way this catalogue leads by example. Not only does it showcase the best book designs, it feels like a strong contender for a Best Dutch Book Design award of its own.
Sabine Lenz is the founder of PaperSpecs.com, the first online paper database and community specifically designed for paper specifiers.
Growing up in Germany, Sabine started her design career in Frankfurt, before moving to Australia and then the United States. She has worked on design projects ranging from corporate identities to major road shows and product launches. From start-ups to Fortune 500 companies, her list of clients included Oracle, Sun Microsystems, Deutsche Bank, IBM and KPMG.
Seeing designers struggle worldwide to stay current with new papers and paper trends inspired Sabine to create PaperSpecs, an independent and comprehensive Web-based paper database and weekly e-newsletter. She is also a speaker on paper issues and the paper industry. Some refer to her lovingly as the "paper queen" who combines her passion for this wonderful substrate called paper with a hands-on approach to sharing her knowledge.