26 September 2019
Off to print – Part V

It’s been a busy summer… With new clients! I designed the two book covers shown below for Ghent-based publisher Borgerhoff & Lamberigts. They went to print in the last two weeks. Verlos ons (Deliver us) bundles stories by midwife Uwe Porters. Nooit meer stiefmoeder! (Stepmother, never again!) is a book about ‘plus parenting’, written by actor Tatyana Beloy and professor/therapist Erik Franck.

22 August 2019
Off to print – Part IV

This lovely 64-page book by British artist Susanna Heron went to press earlier this week. The artist’s book will be published to coincide with the completion of her work Stone Drawing (2014–2019), a work of art located on both external and internal faces of the stone wall that forms the west side of the new Library and Study Centre by Wright & Wright Architects at St John’s College Oxford. It will be revealed on September 28th.

Susanna creates site-specific and large-scale pieces, often in stone relief. For the book cover, we decided to emboss one of the original Red Drawings she made at the beginning of this major project.

Aside from designing the book, I also managed its production at L.capitan in Ruddervoorde (Belgium). Below are also some photographs from our two press days this week. On the first day we printed the cover and inside pages, and on the second day we embossed the cover.

13 August 2019
Off to print – Part III

Two more off to print today: The 500 Hidden Secrets of The Hague and The 500 Hidden Secrets of Hamburg.

Locals tell you where to go in the cities you love – that’s what The 500 Hidden Secrets city guides do. Originally designed by Joke Gossé, I took over the design of the new titles and updates a few years ago. Check out their recently renewed website with great previews of their global destinations!

31 July 2019
Off to print – Part II

Last night, I sent Shakespeare x Ofili: Othello to print! It’s the first book in a new series by David Zwirner Books, Seeing Shakespeare, bringing the world’s leading contemporary artists together with
William Shakespeare.

Othello remains one of Shakespeare’s most contemporary and moving plays, with its emphasis on race, revenge, murder, and lost love. Contemporary artist Chris Ofili asks us to see in Othello the great injustices that still plague the world today. 

It was very exciting to design the template for a book series – I’ve always wanted to do that! Future titles in the series include A Midsummer Night’s Dream illustrated by Marcel Dzama and The Merchant of Venice with images by Jordan Wolfson.

More about the book here. Coming out in October!

25 July 2019
Off to print – Part I

Today was the hottest day ever recorded in Belgium… It was also the day that I sent Eva Daeleman’s new book Woman Up to publisher Horizon to be printed (three days early by the way, but who’s keeping count).

What a pleasure to work on: super interesting to read, beautiful pictures (taken by Ellen van den Bouwhuyzen and styled by Eva), and I was encouraged to create a bold design with strong colours (lots of yellow, pink and dark green). 

Can’t wait to hold this baby in my hands.

1 July 2019
Collaboration with Nicety

Two London-based friends of mine, Sthuthi Ramesh & Sebastian Grenzhaüser (we all met at the London College of Communication), recently founded Nicety – an expert-curated, free and independent online library that makes it brilliantly simple for designers and makers to find the right materials and processors for their projects.

They asked me to come on board to help out with research, curation and communication. It’s still a work in progress, but follow us on Instagram and sign up on the Nicety website to browse papers, curated collections and processors from all over the world.

11 June 2019
Coming soon!

Cover design for Geheimen van de bestuurskamer written by Herman Daems and published by LannooCampus. The book talks about the inner and outer workings of Boards of Directors and how to ensure good corporate governance. The title refers to what happens inside a boardroom, so I created the look of an architectural blueprint. It will also appear in English as Insights from the Boardroom and in French as Les secrets des administrateurs. Out this fall!

16 May 2019
Coming soon!

The cover design for Eva Daeleman’s fourth book, Woman Up, was released this week. I will be working on the layout of the inside pages over the next few months and the book will be in stores in August.

9 May 2019
L.capitan PrintAcademy #9

Piet Germonprez is one of the people that came with us to Munkedal (see post below). We had met five years ago, when he ran Pure Print (where Kitchen Lab was printed). Now he is CEO of the coprinting company L.capitan. Very passionate about his job and his company, he invited us to attend the ninth edition of their PrintAcademy, a lecture night and tour around their printing facilities.

It was an incredibly interesting evening with talks by Olivier Dengis about colour reproduction in offset printing, Patrick Bakermans of Hexspoor about softcover binding and Willem Vangeel of Brepols about hardcover binding.

7 May 2019
Visiting the Munken paper factory in Sweden

A few years ago, An De Coster of Arctic Paper Benelux invited me to visit the Munken paper mill in Munkedal, Sweden. I had heard about these group trips (and how great they are) from co-working buddy Pieter Boels, but the timing was never right. So I was very excited when the dates worked out this year. When I heard who else was joining us on the trip, I was even more excited. Lots of people I’d heard about but never met! My partner Mathieu – who is taking evening classes in graphic design – was also welcome to join the group.

We flew to Gothenburg on Monday morning. On the way to Munkedal, we stopped for lunch at a tiny, charming restaurant by the seaside. After checking into our hotel, we drove to a recently cut-down bit of woodland. Martin told us about forestry in Sweden, how long it takes for a forest to grow, which trees are best for making paper, and other interesting facts. Together we replanted about 200 spruce trees in a couple of hours. In the evening we drove to a wooden cabin located at a lake and had a lovely dinner (and sauna).

On the second day we visited the paper factory, a short walk from the hotel. Jonas, the Group Environmental Coordinator, talks us through the basics of papermaking and lead us around the various areas of the factory. They make a very concious effort to work sustainably and effectively, and we were all impressed. So all in all: an extremely interesting couple of days!

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