Consuming Instinct

Lead DesignerStudio Renate Boere
Prize(s)Honorable Mention
Entry Description

Studio Renate Boere designed the daring artist book ‘Consuming Instinct, Gurt Swanenberg’ that shows the complete works of artist Gurt Swanenberg for the first time. The design of typography, image and binding refers to the garish advertising leaflets, displaying their wares. 
The book is a critical translation of the consuming nature of humans. In his art Gurt Swanenberg combines natural objects and decadence to create a reflection of our modern sin. Studio Renate Boere has chosen to support the work of Gurt Swanenberg with visual references from the past, such as the ‘wunderkammers’, as contemporary references like supermarkets and many publicity tricks to persuade consumers. In three years time the book evolved into a spectacular designed artist book that displays a different view on the consuming world. Don’t miss the first edition! buy it now!

authors: Gurt Swanenberg, Hans November, Ad de Visser, Jan van Laarhoven
publisher: Jap Sam Books
ISBN: 9789490322762
size: 24.1 x 31.2 cm
pages: 88
language: English/Dutch


Studio Renate Boere is a design studio that explores the latest graphic design practices. We like to work with students, artists, companies, agencies and governments on innovative products.

We develop and invent, apart from classical graphic design activities, interactive installations, hybrid publishing and self-initiated innovative products. Research into new channels to create visibility for these innovative products is an important part of our work.

Awards and Prize

European Design Award 2016
International Design Award 2016