Irma Boom lecture and book signing at LACMA – Los Angeles, CA

May 28th, 2013 by

Irma Boom

Thursday, May 30, 2013, 7pm

World-renowned graphic designer Irma Boom will speak about her career, the place of books in contemporary society, and her experience designing LACMA’s Handbook of California Design. A book signing by the designer will follow the event.

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Irma Boom participates in Keynote: Designing the Future of the Design Book at the 1st Designers and Books Fair – New York City

October 23rd, 2012 by

Irma Boom

Friday, October 26, 2012, 7:30pm

Acclaimed book designers Michael Bierut (New York), Irma Boom (Amsterdam), Massimo Vignelli (New York), and Lorraine Wild (Los Angeles) discuss the new challenges, new opportunities, and new ways of approaching the design of books that address visual culture, as well as their views on and insights into the future of the design book—from print to pixels. Moderated by Barry Bergdoll, The Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art (New York). Presented in association with Van Alen Institute as the keynote event of both the Institute’s first Architecture Publishing Summit and the first annual Designers & Books Fair.

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The Hammer Museum presents various Dutch designers in “Graphic Design: Now in Production” – Los Angeles, CA

September 28th, 2012 by

David Bennewith, Churchward International Typefaces, 2009 Photo by Franz Vos, Jan van Eyck Academie, Courtesy the artist. Copyright: David Bennewith

September 29, 2012 – January 6, 2013

The Hammer Museum is pleased to present Graphic Design: Now in Production. This major international exhibition explores how graphic design has broadened its reach over the past decade, expanding from a specialized profession to a widely used tool. With the rise of accessible creative software and innovations in publishing and distribution systems, people outside the field are mobilizing the techniques and processes of design to create and publish visual media. At the same time, graphic designers are becoming producers, deploying their creative skills as makers of content and shapers of experiences. Featuring work produced since 2000 in the most vital sectors of communication design, Graphic Design: Now in Production explores design-driven magazines, newspapers, books, posters, and branding programs, showcasing recent developments in the field, such as the entrepreneurial nature of designer-produced goods; the renaissance in digital typeface design; the storytelling potential of titling sequences for film and television; and the transformation of raw data into compelling information narratives.

The following Dutch graphic designers are featured in the exhibition: Metahaven, LUST, Irma Boom, Maureen Mooren, Mevis & Van Deursen, Droog, Jop van Bennekom, Underware, and Luna Maurer.

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Cooper-Hewitt presents various Dutch designers in “Graphic Design: Now in Production” on Governors Island – New York, NY

May 29th, 2012 by
Meike Gerritzen, Beware of Software vest from the Saved by Droog Project, 2010. Text: Geert Lovink. Photo: made by Stefanie Grätz, courtesy of Droog Design

Mieke Gerritzen, Beware of Software vest from the Saved by Droog Project, 2010. Text: Geert Lovink. Photo: made by Stefanie Grätz, courtesy of Droog Design

May 26, 2012 – September 3, 2012

The Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum will present the “Graphic Design—Now in Production” exhibition at Governors Island, from May 26 through Sept. 3. Co-organized by Cooper-Hewitt and the Walker Art Center, the exhibition explores some of the most vibrant graphic design work produced since 2000, including posters, books, magazines, identity and branding, information graphics, typography and typefaces, and film and television title graphics.

The following Dutch graphic designers are featured in the exhibition: Metahaven, LUST, Irma Boom, Maureen Mooren, Mevis & Van Deursen, Droog, Jop van Bennekom, Underware, and Luna Maurer.

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Irma Boom in The New York Times

February 24th, 2012 by

The New York TimesDate: February 24, 2012

Source: The New York Times, by Steven Heller

News Item: Pattern recognation. New books about textile design. (A new book by Irma Boom)

Quote: This book’s design is mesmerizing. Many books documenting textiles are particularly flat, yet Boom’s choice of scale, crop and dimension makes the 2-D reproductions seem as though they were glued onto the page. The numerous small visual details give this book a kinetic air rather than a static presence.

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Irma Boom book signing of “Knoll Textiles, 1945-2010″ at Bard Graduate Center – New York City

July 8th, 2011 by

July 13, 2011, 6-8pm

To celebrate the release of Knoll Textiles, 1945-2010 Bard Graduate Center invites you to a special book signing with Irma Boom at the Bard Graduate Center Gallery.

Irma Boom is a world renowned Amsterdam-based graphic designer specializing in making books. Her commissioners include the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam; Paul Fentener van Vlissingen (from 1990-2006); Inside Outside; Prince Claus Fund; Fondazione Prada; Zumtobel; Ferrari; Masserati; Vitra International; NAi Publishers; United Nations; OMA/Rem Koolhaas; Koninklijke Tichelaar Makkum; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; and Aga Khan Foundation, Geneva. She has received numerous awards for her book designs and was the youngest laureate ever to receive the prestigious Gutenberg prize for her complete body of work. Her books are held in the permanent collections of The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Bibliothéque Kandinsky at the Centre Pompidou, Musée national d’art moderne, Paris; and the Irma Boom Collection at the University of Amsterdam. Ms. Boom first collaborated with the Bard Graduate Center in 2006 when she designed the award-winning exhibition catalogue Sheila Hicks: Weaving as Metaphor. She has returned to design the catalogue for Center’s current exhibition: Knoll Textiles, 1945-2010.

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Various Dutch graphic designers in group exhibition at CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts – San Francisco, CA

January 20th, 2011 by

LUST, Posterwall for the Twenty-first Century, 2009, courtesy CCA Wattis and the designers

January 20 – February 5, 2011

The Way Beyond Art: Wide White Space will investigate graphic design’s evolving relationship with the practice of exhibition making as it intersects with the visual arts and the work of both artists and curators. This exhibition is realized in collaboration with CCA’s undergraduate Graphic Design Program, the Graduate Program in Design, and Jon Sueda. Sueda is a Graphic Design professor at CCA and founder of the San Francisco design practice Stripe. Wide White Space is the second installment in The Way Beyond Art, a series of exhibitions at the Wattis that closely integrates the institute’s programs with CCA’s non-fine arts faculty and curricula.

Will Holder, Graphic Identity, De Appel, courtesy CCA Wattis and the designer

Historically, galleries and museums have been fertile arenas for graphic designers to practice, whether via printed promotional materials, exhibition catalogs, signage, interactive media, or exhibition design. Wide White Space will focus in particular on graphic designers who create innovative institutional identities, forge unique collaborations with curators, and launch their own exhibition-based initiatives.

Wide White Space will also look at how designers can extend the parameters of their practice: by consciously operating within the broader context of the art world, by taking a transdisciplinary approach, by considering physical interaction within an art gallery, and by exploring time and three-dimensional space. The featured graphic designers are contemporary and historic, American and international. They have been selected because they consciously construct a narrative around their work, position themselves as authors of autonomous creative projects, and maintain a conceptually rigorous, research-based, historically fortified approach.

Hansje van Halem, Schrank8 presents Johann Kauth, 2011, courtesy CCA Wattis and the designer

The installation and exhibition design for Wide White Space aim to take on the challenges inherent in presenting any show on graphic design: how to make it possible for visitors to directly engage with the materials on display; how to gather and present a breadth of historical and contemporary pieces, which take the form of both original physical objects and restaged exhibition projects; and how to speak to both peers within the design community and a broader audience.

Wider White Space is an adjunct program of conversations with Bob Aufuldish, Rachel Berger, Eric Heiman, Wendy Ju, MacFadden & Thorpe, Emily McVarish, Michael Vanderbyl, and Martin Venezky as well as a rotating series of student-curated exhibitions. Visit for the schedule.

The title Wide White Space refers to the name of a radical art space in Antwerp that, though it existed for only a decade, came to define contemporary art in the late 1960s and early 1970s. This exhibition likewise aims to investigate the possibilities for how empty space, whether the white cube or the blank page, can be transformed into something more complex. The name of the larger program, The Way Beyond Art, refers to the title of a book written by the visionary German art historian Alexander Dorner, who advocated in the early 20th century for a closer dialogue among different artistic disciplines. He is best known for his collaboration with the Constructivist artist El Lissitzky on the Abstract Cabinet (1927) at the Landesmuseum Hannover, Germany, a unique, specially constructed space that explored a new form of multidisciplinarity produced by juxtaposing art, fashion, design, film, and literature.

Mevis & Van Deursen, Temporary Stedelijk, courtesy CCA Wattis and the designers

Featured Designers
Irma Boom, Laurenz Brunner and Julia Born, Sara De Bondt, Mevis and Van Deursen, Dexter Sinister, Experimental Jetset, Will Holder, James Langdon, LUST, Niessen & de Vries, Practise, Project Projects, Yann Sérandour and Jérôme Saint-Loubert Bié, Stedelijk Museum, Sulki and Min, Mylinh Trieu Nguyen, Hansje van Halem, Walker Art Center, and Z.A.K.

CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts
Kent and Vicki Logan Galleries

California College of the Arts

1111 Eighth Street

San Francisco CA 94107

Tel.: 415-551-9210

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