Jurors red dot award: communication design 2005
Irma Boom is an Amsterdam-based graphic designer who specializes in books. For five years she worked (editing and concept/design) on the 2136-page book SHV Think Book 1996–1896 commissioned by SHV Holdings in Utrecht. The Think Book was published in English and Chinese. Irma Boom studied graphic design at the AKI Art Academy in Enschede. After graduation she worked for five years at the Dutch Government Publishing and Printing Office in The Hague. In 1991 she founded Irma Boom Office, which works nationally and internationally in both the cultural and commercial sectors. Clients include the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, De Appel Amsterdam, Zumtobel, Ferrari, Vitra International, NAi Publishers, United Nations and OMA/Rem Koolhaas. Since 1992 Boom has been a critic at Yale University in the US. She has been the recipient of many awards for her book designs and was the youngest ever laureate to receive the prestigious Gutenberg prize for her complete oeuvre.