Online magazine Fontanel presents the definitive showcase of the best Dutch Design Talents. The 208-page hardcover book is packed with 19 talents, studio visits, sharp columns and an inspirational dialogue with leading creatives on “the gap” between education and work.
The book focusses on 19 talents graduated from renowned Dutch art schools like Eindhoven’s Design Academy, Amsterdam’s Rietveld and The Hague’s Royal Academy of the Arts. Each talent is remarkably distinct, yet they all share something special: the combination of a promising attitude and unspoiled creative thinking.
“The ‘Fontanel Finals’, their Dutch campaign, has become a yearly tradition. It is the showcase of every leading Dutch art academy graduation show, and the influential ‘Fontanel Dutch Design Talent’ insignia is awarded to our favorite graduating graphic designers, digital creatives, fashion designers, illustrators, product designers and artists.
The theme with which Fontanel has chosen to define the outline of this book refers to the gap between education and work. Besides personal stories by the Dutch Design Talents, expect sharp and personal short stories by leading creatives Joachim Baan, Kali Nikitas, Femke Agema and Martin Pyper. They have also documented an inspirational evening in which this gap is discussed with the likes of Pauline van Dongen, Marcel Kampman, Liza Enebeis and Nalden. Lastly, photographers Jordi Huisman and Marijn Smulders were sent across the country to document the diversity in Dutch creative spaces.