Irma Boom is an Amsterdam-based graphic designer distinguished in making books. Boom begins each books design by making small scale models. Conversely, her largest project, the SHV Think Book, is a 2136-page book published in English and Chinese, which took her five years to research, design and edit. Boom was born in Lochem, Netherlands. She studied at the AKI Art Academy in Enschede, where she switched from painting to graphic design. Since founding ‘Irma Boom’ in 1991, she’s been in high demand, with commissions from Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, Paul Fentener van Vlissingen, Ferrari and OMA/Rem Koolhaas. Since 1992 Boom has also been a senior critic at Yale University. Boom was the youngest ever laureate to receive the prestigious Gutenberg prize for her complete oeuvre and in 2007 MoMA New York acquired her work.