about

Jaap Biemans is a design studio based in Amsterdam. I enjoy all kinds of projects like art-directing the weekly Volkskrant Magazine and designing postal stamps, books, and sites. Graduated in ’98 from the Academy of Fine Arts and Design St. Joost, Breda.

Just received the Mercur d’Or for entire oeuvre of my designs and contributions to the publishing world.

My work is recognized with SPD Awards, D&AD pencils, Prix de C’oeuvre’s, ADCN lamps and choosen as artdirector of the year 2017 by the Mercurs, Amsterdam.

I (re)-design mags, create identities and online strategies. Worked for titles as Volkskrant, Hollands Diep, PostNL, Hard Gras, Intermediair, Villa Media, Uitkrant and Nieuwe Revu

Also launched coverjunkie.com in 2010 and published The Coverjunkie Magazine. This is a side project that i started to champion creativity in mag design. Its all about fun in mag design.

Here my complete cv (Linkedin) & email: mail (at) jaapbiemans.nl

talks/judging

2021:
judging SPD Awards
New York

2020:
(Dutch) Speaking at Mag Inspiration Day. Programmed with Christoph Amend (Zeit Magazin) and Jeremy Leslie (Magculture)
Amsterdam

2019:
(Dutch) Invited for “Dutch Masters”, cultural event at Pakhuis de Zwijger about the power of images, cover designs & coverjunkie

Here the Youtube channel of this cultural event, first 30 min is missing
Amsterdam, February 2019

2019:
(English) Talk about cover design, creativity and social awareness at ADCN creativity festival
Amsterdam, September 2019

2018:
1 hour live interview Kunststof Radio (national broadcast) about artdirection, cover design and designing postal stamps
Amsterdam, NPO1

2018:
Judging Stack Awards together with Steven Heller
Independent magazines
London, UK

2017:
judging ADCN Awards
Amsterdam, Netherlands

2016:
Judging Stack Awards
Independent magazines
London, UK

2016:
Talk at QVED
Editorial Design Conference
Munich, Germany

2016:
Talk at Fachhochschule Salzburg
Cover Secrets
Salzburg, Austria

2016:
judging ADCN Awards
Amsterdam, Netherlands

2015:
Talk at Persgroep Campus
Inspirational cover design
Amsterdam, Netherlands

2015:
Talk at WeekbladPers
Inspiration week editorial design
Amsterdam, Netherlands

2015:
Talk at QVED
Editorial Design Conference
Munich, Germany

2014:
Judging D&AD Awards,
London, UK

2014:
Talk Design Bridge | At the Bar
Amsterdam, Netherlands

2014:
Judging SO Photography Awards
Amsterdam, Netherlands

2013:
Talk at SND (Society Newspaper Design)
Louisville, Kentucky, USA 

2012:
Judging SPD Awards,
New York, USA

2012:
Speaking at Facing Pages, editorial design festival
Arnhem, Netherlands

awards

2021:
Silver Award at SPD 56, New York
best typographic cover, Volkskrant Magazine
New York, USA

2021:
Volkskrant choosen as Best Designed Newspaper of the World
by SND

2020:
D&AD Pencil
Volkskrant Magazine winning graphite pencil with this cover design about dick pics.
London, UK

2020:
Two Merit Awards at SPD 55, New York
– 1 for best designed cover about dickpics
– 1 for best illustrated cover
New York, USA

2019:
Awarded Mercur d’Or, lifetime achievement award;
Awarded for complete oeuvre in design and contribution to the magazine world, read here an interview in Villa Media (Dutch)
Or download the PDF here
Amsterdam, Netherlands

2019:
Evaluation report (in Dutch) Awarded Mercur d’Or, lifetime achievement award;
Awarded for complete oeuvre in design
Amsterdam, Netherlands


2019:
Gold Medal “Best Designed Section” at SPD 54, New York
Excitement and humble; winning GOLD for best designed magazine section;
concerns the content pages from just redesigned Volkskrant Magazine
New York, USA

2019:
Three Merit Awards at SPD 54, New York
– 2 for best designed cover:
here the one design by me and Anna Kiosse and these 10 split-run covers designed by legends
– 1 for best illustrated cover
New York, USA

2018:
Cover Of The Year 2018, Mercur
– this amazing project, working with all those legends and talent was awarded as Cover Of The Year 2018
Amsterdam, Netherlands

2018:
ADCN silver Lamp
– editorial design Volkskrant Magazine
Amsterdam, Netherlands

2018:
Two Merit Awards at SPD 53
– Best design cover
– Best photography cover
New York, USA

2017:
Four Merit Awards at SPD 52
Best Design Cover
Design entire issue
Best illustrated cover
Best illustrated cover
New York, USA

2016:
choosen as Art Director of the Year
Mercurs
Jury: “Strong category but the winner was a quick decision: Volkskrant Magazine. Artdirector Jaap Biemans is crossing all barriers, he is not making it easy for himself. What he creates is situated above all levels. The undisputed thought leader of his profession”.
Amsterdam, Netherlands

2016:
Silver SPD 51
best Illustrated Cover
Volkskrant Magazine

New York, USA

2016:
Two silver ADCN Awards,
– Art-Direction Volkskrant Magazine
– Graphic Design Volkskrant Magazine

Amsterdam

2015:
Silver at SPD 50
silver award Best News Cover
Volkskrant Magazine

New York, USA

2015:
medal finalist SPD 50:
Cover of the Year
Volkskrant Magazine

New York, USA
(unbelievable nomination together with Wired, New York Mag, New York Times Mag & Variety)

2015:
Merit award SPD 50
Merit Award best illustrated
cover Volkskrant Magazine
New York, USA

2015:
Merit award SPD 50
Merit Award best photographed
cover Volkskrant Magazine
New York, USA

2014:
D&AD Pencil
Volkskrant Magazine cover designs 2013.

London, UK

2014:
winning Prix de C’Oeuvre
entire catalog Volkskrant Magazine cover designs between 2012 – 2014
Utrecht, Netherlands
Jury: “Volkskrant Magazine is a present, week in week out. A greater contrast between the tight format of the newspaper and the cover of the weekly magazine is not conceivable. Your chosen image language is often so strong that texts obsolete. The ideas are good and they work with top talent. The magazine is inspired by many international trendsetting cover makers and is therefore representative become for an international style. The jury rewards Volkskrant Magazine therefore with the Prix de C’Oeuvre 2014. “

2014:
Merit award SPD 49
Merit Award
cover Volkskrant Magazine
New York, USA

2013:
European Newspaper Award
Volkskrant best designed newspaper

2013:
Merit award SPD 48 
Merit Award
cover Volkskrant Magazine
New York, USA

2013:
Merit award SPD 48 
Merit Award Best photo
cover Volkskrant Magazine
New York, USA

2012:
Prix de C’Oeuvre 
for complete catalog cover designs Intermediair magazine 2003-2011
Utrecht, Netherlands

2012:
Silver SPD 47 award
silver for design entire issue
The Coverjunkie Magazine

New York, USA

2011:
Mercur award Best Cover of the Year
Vrij Nederland magazine
Amsterdam, Netherlands

2010:
MediaFacts Best Cover of the Year
cover Intermediair Magazine
overall category

2009:
MediaFacts Best Cover of the Year 
cover Intermediair magazine
overall category

2009:
Mercur nomination
nomination Hollands Diep magazine
best feature design

2009:
Mercur nomination
Hollands Diep magazine

nomination Magazine of the Year

2008:
winning peoples cover choice award
MediaFacts
cover Intermediair magazine

overall category.

2008:
MediaFacts Best Cover of the Year
cover Intermediair magazine

category business mags

2006:
LOF-award ;
Intermediair magazine 

business magazines

2005:
Nomination MediaFacts
Best Cover of the Year
cover Intermediair magazine

overall category

interviews

-(Dutch) spread Volkskrant newspaper about the best covers of 2021 (here the spread)
Amsterdam, January 2022

-(English) Q&A with Art Directors Club Nederland (ADCN) about routines and inspiration

– (English) Q&A with Italian Vogue about designing covers and the best ones from 2020

-(Dutch) Interview about my oeuvre Villa Media magazine
(here the website version)
And download here the PDF version
Amsterdam, March 2020

-(English) Interview about me growing up as a designer for FOLKS Magazine
Amsterdam, September 2017

-(Dutch) Evaluation report Awarded Mercur d’Or,lifetime achievement award; Awarded for entire oeuvre in design
Amsterdam, Netherlands

-(Dutch) Interview with me as Coverjunkie in Volkskrant about cover design in 2020, and Trump as cover model.
Or see here the PDF

-(English) Interviewed by ace MagCulture about my mondaymornings
Amsterdam, August 2019

-(Dutch) Full page feature Volkskrant about winning Gold at SPD for design content pages (PDF follows)
Amsterdam, May 2019

-(Dutch) Podcast Kunststof Radio 1. about artdirection, cover design and designing postal stamps
Amsterdam, March 2018

-(Dutch) Starring in “Dutch Masters” Pakuis de Zwijger about the power of images, cover designs & coverjunkie.
Here the Youtube broadcast (first 30 min missing)
Amsterdam, February 2019

-(Dutch) 1 hour live interview Kunststof Radio (national broadcast) about artdirection, cover design and designing postal stamps
Amsterdam, April 2018

-(Dutch) Writing column about cover design in WOTH mag
(Wonderfull Things)
Amsterdam, 2018

-(Dutch) interview about my postal stamp design for Rijksmuseum van Oudheden, in newspaper Volkskrant (PDF follows)
Amsterdam, March 2018

-(Dutch) Teaser movie about the postal stamp design i created for PostNL & RMO.nl for newspaper Volkskrant
Amsterdam, March 2018

-(English) choosen #18 top 20 most influential magazine folks. UK, summer 2015

-(Dutch) Podcast interview together with BLDNDKTR about mag & newspaper design (love this interview)
Amsterdam, June 2017

-(English) gymclassmag1
UK, summer 2015

– (Dutch) interview Creatie magazine.
Netherlands, 2014

-(English) Podcast interview (20 min) with Steve Watson from ace Stack magazines
Amsterdam, March 2017

-(Dutch interview Volkskrant newspaper.
Netherlands, aug 26 2011

-(English & Dutch) Writing column about cover design in WOTH mag
(Wonderfull Things)
Amsterdam, May 2017

-(Dutch) Interview Volkskrant about the best cover designs 2019
Amsterdam, December 31 2019

-(Dutch) 8 page story about my interior in Volkskrant Magazine.
Netherlands, summer 2016

-(English) MagCulture asked about my 3 favorite magazines
London, June 2016

-(Chinese) interview in Chinese REPORT mag. China, summer 2013

-(English) feature in 365 typo,
365 stories type, typography &
graphic design
   2015

-(Dutch) interview Volkskrant newspaper.
Netherlands, dec 2014

-(Dutch) interview NRC NEXT.
Netherlands, may 30 2012

writing bi-monthly column about
inspirational covers
,
MediaFacts magazine.
Netherlands, 2013 – now

-(Dutch) interview in Volkskrant about mag & cover design
Amsterdam, November 2017

– (Dutch) Award news in Volkskrant newspaper.
Netherlands, May 2015

-(English) MagCulture asks about my work at Volkskrant Magazine
London, May 2013

-(Dutch) interview NRC newspaper.
Netherlands, may 2012

– (Dutch) interview Villa Media.
Netherlands, july 2011

– (Dutch) interview Publish magazine.
Netherlands, summer 2015

-(Dutch) interview Bruce magazine (De Salon).
Belgium, 2011

– (Dutch) interview Parool newspaper.
 Netherlands dec 2011

–  (Dutch) interview De Morgen newspaper.
Belgium, 2013

-(Dutch) interview (on camera) Facing Pages,
editorial design festival
  Arnhem, Netherlands, 2012

– (Dutch)interview Eindhovens Dagblad.
Netherlands, 2011

A video portrait of art director Jaap Biemans also known as Coverjunkie. Read Jaap’s story on The Folks Magazine: an independent magazine that shares in-depth stories of today’s creative and adventurous Folks of Amsterdam.

Interview about designing magazines and the talent involved.

Uploaded by Mercurs 2016 on 2016-09-13.

 

A video portrait of art director Jaap Biemans also known as Coverjunkie. Read Jaap’s story on The Folks Magazine: an independent magazine that shares in-depth stories of today’s creative and adventurous Folks of Amsterdam.

Designing a stamp is the best thing for a designer, an honor!

Here Jaap Biemans (artdirector van het Volkskrant Magazine) about this honor

 

Winning Cover of the Year award by the Mercurs, Amsterdam 2018