Irma Boom

Initials I.
Member of Society of Arts


Graphic designer Irma Boom (born in 1960) is most famous for her book designs. She is one of the best book designers in the world, if not the best. The jubilee book that businessman and philanthropist Paul Fentener van Vlissingen commissioned her to design and assemble for his company SHV Holdings in 1996 has become a design icon, as has the miniature catalogue that she produced of her own work (Irma Boom: Biography in Books). But Irma Boom does much more than that: she creates house styles, logos (for example her recent design for the Rijksmuseum), and coins. Her clients include OMA/Rem Koolhaas, Chanel, Ferrari, the Prince Claus Fund, and artists. The University of Amsterdam (Special Collections) manages her living archive. Her work has been included in the collections of such leading institutions as the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York and Centre Pompidou in Paris. She has won many international honours for her book designs and has received the Gutenberg Prize and, in 2014, the Dutch state prize for the arts, the Johannes Vermeer Award. Since 1992, Irma Boom has been a Senior Critic at Yale University.