Every year, Dutch art schools are handing out the scrolls and sending a fresh batch of newly-graduated design talent out into the world. The future looks very rosy for the field of design in The Netherlands, but it can be hard to keep up with all the bright young things starting their careers. What you need is a book that profiles some of the most exciting prospects, so that when they hit the big time you can boast that you’ve been following their progress since the beginning.
And hey presto: Dutch Design Talents 14, which takes a closer look at 19 of the most recent stars-to-be coming out of institutions such as Eindhoven’s Design Academy, Amsterdam’s Rietveld and The Hague’s Royal Academy of the Arts. It has been put together by online magazine Fontanel, which runs an annual review of the colleges’ graduation shows known as the Fontanel Finals, along with Rob van den Nieuwenhuizen of graphic design studio DRAWSWORDS. After five years online the round-up has had a physical upgrade, and a 208-page hardback is now available showcasing 19 ones-to-watch in the realms of graphic design, fashion, illustration, product design and art. As well as the graduate profiles there are texts from leading creatives, with an overall focus on the gap between education and work. Pouch a copy direct from Fontanel.