about
 

It's all about creativity, personality and content to make something unique.

Jaap Biemans is an award-winning design studio based in Amsterdam. My work is recognized with SPD Awards, D&AD pencil, Prix de C'oeuvre's, ADCN lamps and currently choosen as artdirector of the year 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

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

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

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

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

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

- (Dutch) interview Creatie magazine.
   Netherlands, 2014

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

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

-(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

- 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


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
Amsterdam, Netherlands

2016:
winning silver SPD 51
best Illustrated Cover
Volkskrant Magazine

New York, USA

2016
winning two 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

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

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.