Irma Boom lecture

The Lecture is called “Materialize It!”

The Dutch graphic designer Irma Boom is one of the most well-known contemporary book designers. With the use of unfamiliar formats, materials, colors, structures, and typography she makes the book into a visual and haptic experience. Irma Boom studied at the AKI Art Academy in Enschede, and in 1991 she established her own office in Amsterdam. Among her most important clients are the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, the Prince Claus Fund, OMA / Rem Koolhaas, the United Nations, Vitra International and Zumtobel. She has been a guest critic at Yale University since 1992 and lectures all over the world. Her books have been shown at numerous international exhibitions and are also represented in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Among other awards, in 2001 she received the Gutenberg Prize for her complete work. The museum is showing a selection of her works in the context of her designing the book “Every Thing Design” about the collections of the Museum für Gestaltung Zürich.

Place & organizer: Museum of Design Zürich

Link to a description at the museum website.


Wednesday, 13 May 2009, 19:30


Lecture Hall

Museum für Gestaltung Zürich

Ausstellungsstrasse 60

CH-8005 Zurich

Tram stop “Museum für Gestaltung”, tram 4 and 13 or

5 minutes walk from Zurich Main Station

Exit Sihlquai, direction Limmatplatz

The lecture is in the main museum building while the exhibition for Irma Boom is in a seperate buildning called Plakatraum (about 100 meters from the main building).