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Irma Boom, Graphic Designer

Ms. Boom is an Amsterdam-based graphic designer who specializes in making books. After earning her B.F.A. in 1985 in graphic design from the AKI Art Academy in Enschedé, 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 for the cultural sector. Clients include the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, Chanel, the Museum of Modern Art, Prince Claus Fund, Koninklijke Tichelaar Makkum, Ferrari, Vitra International, the United Nations, and OMA/Rem Koolhaas. For five years she worked (editing and concept/design) on the 2,136-page SHV Think Book 1996 1896, commissioned by SHV Holdings in Utrecht and published in English and Chinese. Ms. Boom has been the recipient of many awards for her book designs and was the youngest laureate to receive the prestigious Gutenberg prize for her complete oeuvre. In 2014 she received from Ministry of Culture the Netherlands the Johannes Vermeerprijs. HM Queen Beatrix honored her with the golden medal from the House of Orange for Art and Science. The University of Amsterdam manages the Irma Boom Archive, and recently the Museum of Modern Art in New York acquired her work for the permanent collection in the Design and Architecture Department. She was appointed to the Yale faculty in 1992 and is currently senior critic in graphic design.

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