about
 

Jaap Biemans is a design studio based in Amsterdam. My work is recognized with SPD Awards, D&AD pencil, Prix de C'oeuvre's, ADCN lamps and choosen as artdirector of the year 2017 by the Mercurs, Amsterdam.

Right now working as art-director  Volkskrant Magazine, living in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Graduated in '98 at Academy of Art and Design St. Joost, Breda.

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

Launched coverjunkie.com in 2010 and published  The Coverjunkie Magazine. This is about championing creativity in mag design folks.

interviews

 

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

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

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

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

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

-(English) interview Gym Class Mag.
   UK, summer 2015

-(Dutch) my ways of designing for Volkskrant, newspaper Volkskrant
Amsterdam, January 2018

-(English) choosen #18 top 20 most influential magazine folks. 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 in Volkskrant about mag & cover design
Amsterdam, November 2017

-(Dutch) interview Fontanel design blog cause of their 10th anniversary. About news, design & the internet
Amsterdam, December 2016

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

-(Dutch) interview Volkskrant newspaper
   about the best Trump covers
.

   Amsterdam, November 7 2016

-(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) interview 'Students Of Design'.
   Australia, 2014

-(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

-(French) feature Elle Deco
   France, September 2012

- (Polish) interview Futu newspaper
   Poland, 2014

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

- (English) interview MagNation magazine.
   Australia, sept 2013

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

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

-(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

-(English) interview Lucky11 Studio's
  a chat with Chris Skiles
  Houston, USA, 2012

- (Dutch)interview Eindhovens Dagblad.
   Netherlands, 2011

experience / clients
 

Art-direction & redesign: 

-Rijksmuseum van Oudheden, Leiden

- PostNL

- Volkskrant Magazine

- Hollands Diep magazine

- Hard Gras magazine

- Launching Coverjunkie
   website & magazine

- Intermediair magazine

- VillaMedia magazine

- Uitkrant | I amsterdam

- NieuweRevu.nl

- Interaction designer
   Edenspiekermann
   (voorheen BRS Premsela Vonk)

- Internship design agency
   VandenBergh & Gilliatt, New York

- Academy of Art and Design St. Joost
   graphic design.


talks / judging

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:
Judging Mercur Awards,
Amsterdam, Netherlands

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

awards


2018:
winning 2 Merit Awards at SPD 53
- Best design cover
- Best photography cover
Amsterdam, Netherlands

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

2017:
winning 4 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:
winning silver SPD 51
best Illustrated Cover
Volkskrant Magazine

New York, USA

2016
winning two silver ADCN Awards,
- Art-Direction Volkskrant Magazine
- Graphic Design Volkskrant Magazine

Amsterdam

2015:
winning 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 SPD 50:
Volkskrant Magazine
New York, USA

2015:
merit SPD 50:
Volkskrant Magazine
New York, USA

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

2013: 
European Newspaper Award
Volkskrant
best designed newspaper

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

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

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

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

New York, USA

2012:
SND (Society Newspaper Design)
award of excellence
cover Volkskrant Magazine

Louisville, USA

2011:
winning 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

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.
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.