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Portrait: Robin de Puy

Portrait: Robin de Puy

dutch graphic designer -syb- (Sybren Kuiper) studied Dutch Language and Literature at the University of Utrecht. after graduating, he studied graphic design at the art Academy, ALSO IN Utrecht. Since 1994 he works as an independent graphic designer.

-syb- works almost exclusively for a wide range of cultural clients. the first half of his career predominantly posters, flyers and programs for theater productions & festivals, the last fifteen years he worked on an ever growing oeuvre of books and catalogs commissioned by museums, publishers, photographers and other artists. this site is dedicated to the latter.

-syb- is always looking for new ways to transform the reading of a (photo) book into an experience. to elevate the narrative of a project. to make it more than a collection of pictures alone. apart from a strong approach to editing/sequencing and a keen eye for the use of text, he utilizes all the physical possibilities and characteristics of the book format itself, SOMETIMES DECEPTIVELY SIMPLE, sometimes neglecting and stretching the boundaries of bookmaking.

-syb- also designs corporate identities and exhibitions. He is part time teacher and art director. occasionally he writes on behalf of his clients. 

SYB’s work has been widely recognized, nationally and internationally. AND since 2017 HE is member of AGI (Alliance Graphique Internationale)

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-SYB-
SYBREN KUIPER
SYB@SYBONTWERP.NL
+31628760038
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Postadress:
P104
Paviljoensgracht 20
2512 BP Den Haag
The Netherlands
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awards & nominations
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theaterposter award

1998 / finalist
Festival AD Werf

2000 / finalist
Festival AD Werf

2007 / finalist
theater company Max

2009 / winner
Julidans amsterdam

2015 / finalist
theater company Maas
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adcn
(Art director club Netherlands)

2001 / finalist
Festival AD Werf / posters

2006 / finalist
Postbank / Folders
(art director @ dietwee design)

2006 / winner silver
Karin van Dam / Cry out for joy...

2006 / finalist
Insinger De Beaufort /
anual review
(art director @ dietwee design)

2009 / finalist
Viviane Sassen / Flamboya

2010 / finalist
Gijsbert Hanekroot / Abba...Zappa

2010 / finalist
Julidans amsterdam / posters

2017 / finalist
ellen korth / charkow
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DDA (DUTCH DESIGN AWARDS)

2004 / finalist
Döll architects /
corporate IDENTITY
(art director @ dietwee design)

2005 / Winner
Karin van Dam / Cry out for joy...

2008 / Finalist
Gijsbert Hanekroot / Abba...Zappa

2009 / Finalist
Julidans AMSTERDAM / POSTERs      

2013 / Finalist
Willeke Duijvekamp / Mandy & Eva
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dutch corporate identity award

2005 / winner
Doll Architecten
(art director @ dietwee design)
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best designed dutch books

2002
Tanny Dobbelaar &
Adrian Norman / Heftig vel     

2004
Cuny Janssen /
Portraits and Landscapes

2004
Mondriaan Stichting /
annual review 2003

2005
Insinger de Beaufort /
Annual Review 2004 
(art director @ dietwee design)

2006
Centraal Museum Utrecht /
Groot tekenwerkboek

2007
Niels Stomps / Mist

2008
Gijsbert Hanekroot / Abba...Zappa

2011
Ellen Korth / Utilité             

2011
Valerio Spada / Gomorrah Girl         

2015
Rob Morrees / Life is Strange
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Best designed anual reviews

1997 / ONVZ 
(art director and designer @ dietwee design)

1998 / ONVZ 
(art director @ dietwee design)

2003 / ZonMw

2004 / ONVZ 
(art director @ dietwee design)
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Schonste Bucher Aller Welt

2002 / honorable mention
Tanny Dobbelaar &
Adrian Norman / Heftig vel        

2012 / honorable mention
Valerio Spada / Gomorrah Girl

2012 / silver award
Ellen Korth / Utilité
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Kees Scherer photobook award
2009 / finalist
Viviane Sassen / Flamboya

2009 / winner
Niels Stomps / Mist
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Photography Now award (NY)
2011 / Grand Prize winner
Valerio Spada / Gomorrah Girl
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The Anamorphosis Prize
2015 / winner
Carolyn Drake / Wild Pigeon
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Deutsche Börse
2015 / finalist
Laura El-Tantawy / In The Shadow of the Pyramids
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PARIS PHOTO APERTURE AWARD
2017 / Shortlist
CLAUDIUS SCHULZE / State of Nature
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la International Photobook Awards
2017 / winner
ellen korth / charkow
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la International Photobook Awards
2017 / runner up
Claire felicie / Only the sky remains untouched
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Prix Du Livre Arles
2015 / Shortlist author book
Marlies swinkels / de tantes
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Prix Du Livre Arles
2016 / Shortlist
claudia Heinermann / Wolfskinder, A Post-War Story
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Deutscher Fotobuchpreis
2017 / first prize self-published,  
Claudia heinermann / Wolfskinder, A Post-War Story
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selectionS fotobook week kassel
2008 / cuny janssen /
there’s something in the air…

2011 / cuny janssen /
my grandma was a turtle

2012 / valerio spada /
gomorrah girls

2012 / enrique metinides /
series

2015 / Laura El-tantawy /
in the shadow of the pyramids

2015 / kate nolan /
neither

2016 / michele Tagliaferri / grass

2016 / claudia heinermann /
wolfskinder

2017 / guy tillim /
edit beijng

2018 / carolyn drake /
internat

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EXHIBITION
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FOTOBOOK WEEK KASSEL
EXHIBITION OF 104 PHOTO BOOKS
2016 / BEIJNG
2018 / KASSEL
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SELECTIONS IN BOOKS
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the dutch photo book after 1945
(NAi publisher 2012) / 6 MENTIONS:
- CUNY JANSSEN / MACEDONIA
- NIELS STOMPS / MIST
- ROB HORNSTRA / 101 BILLIONAIRES
- VIVIANE SASSEN / FLAMBOYA
- KORRIE BESEMS / CONTRIVED PAST
- JUDITH VAN IJKEN / MIMICRY
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The Photo book, A history vol. II
martin parr & gerry badger (Phaidon) / 1 MENTION:

- Cuny Janssen / macedonia
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The Photo book, A history vol. IIi
martin parr & gerry badger (Phaidon) / 3 MENTIONs:
- Valerio Spada / Gomorrah Girl
- Viviane Sassen / Flamboya
- Judith van IJken / Mimicry

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interviews (selection)
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2011 / photonews (german) / Peter Linthorst
2011 / The Photobook Review 2011 / Jeffrey Ladd
2014 / Conversations (the Eyes publishing / Rémi Coignet (double interview with Kummer + Herrman)
2015 / Understanding Photobooks: The Form and Content of the Photographic Book / Jorg Colberg
2018 / 50Y ADCN / Magazine / Interview by Nils Adriaans