I was impressed by the openness to share in dept knowledge about how to construct and design the information flow in books, how to invite co-authors in a strategic manner and how to come to the complete realization of such a project.
In order to do so they shared their network and Freek connected me to the best graphic designer I could wish for.
It was great to work with Onomatopee!
When Moore College of Art and Design invited me to do a Fellowship and suggested making a book, I asked friends about how they had gone about this. I heard horror stories from friends about publishers going bankrupt and throwing out their books, of book binding falling apart after a year, of printers using cheap ink that runs, and of artists having to mail thousands of books personally. And then, I heard about Onomatopee. They are successful because they have relationships of kindness and rigor with the designers, printers, and distributors, and they have a decade or more of experience and trust with those vendors. The result is a process and a book that Moore College of Art and Design and I are so proud of.
I recommend working with Freek / Onomatopee to all organizations, artists, and theorists who are aligned with values of transparency and generosity. Freek / Onomatopee was consistently transparent and direct in communicating about everything — providing an overview of the process of working together, supporting the conceptual development of the book, providing regular feedback, and knowing which approaches to design, printing, binding, and distribution would be most aligned with the content of the book. Working together, we created a high-quality book that is a conceptual work in and of itself.
I had a really good experience working with Onomatopee. The process was always transparent and I felt I was in good hands.
For the people interested to approach Onomatopee for a commission/collaboration I would recommend to have a look at their website and projects they have. This will allow them to see whether or not the project will be a good fit to Onomatopee.
Over the last ten years, following several books produced by Onomatopee and hearing from friends who worked with him, I’ve come to respect Freek Lomme through his work as an editor and publisher, and have been highly impressed with his approach and his taste. My experience with him, in the context of our Bestiary of the Anthropocene, has proven to me he is a multi-talented individual who brings a combination of focus and vision to everything he does; with a great efficiency, pragmatism and ambition in putting projects together.
We’ve been lucky enough to work with Onomatopee as a publisher of our latest book A Bestiary of The Anthropocene.
From the start Onomatopee’s conditions and workflow were extremely precise and transparent which is a very rare and precious quality. They have been really supportive and pro-active during the whole process, by providing refined feedbacks as our artbook project evolved. They operate with a network or extremely skilled book-makers covering all the production chain from papermaking, to printing and bookbinding, which allowed for the production of a really unique looking object.
In addition to an international distribution, you can expect to meet Onomatopee’s team in the best international Art book fairs, which is in itself a sign of credibility, and a good place to start discussing a book project — as we did when we met Freek at Los Angeles Art book fair a few years ago.
Looking forward to work on new projects and book fairs together!
“Working with Onomatopee and in particular with Freek was fruitful and inspiring. Freek is curious, thorough and quirky and he pays attention to both form and content. I am very glad my book is part of the great Onomatopee collection.”