Irma Boom

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Irma Boom is an Amsterdam-based graphic designer who specializes in making books. After earning her B.F.A. 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 in both the cultural and commercial sectors. Commisioners include the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, Fondazione Prada, the Museum of Modern Art, Prince Claus Fund, Koninklijke Tichelaar Makkum, Bard Graduate Center, Ferrari, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, 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.

Boom 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. In 2014 she received the Johannes Vermeer Award. The University of Amsterdam manages the Irma Boom Archive, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York has acquired her work for the permanent collection in the Design and Architecture Department. In 2014 She was appointed to the Yale faculty in 1992 and is currently senior critic in graphic design.