BNO is an association founded by designers, for designers. Our history goes back more than a hundred years. What's more important is what we are today: the biggest community of designers and design agencies in the Netherlands. We're a professional team that supports and promotes designers and their profession. We do this from our offices in Amsterdam. In addition, we participate in a variety of activities in the Netherlands and abroad, we do lobbying on behalf of our industry and publish Dude, our quarterly Dutch Designers Magazine.
Most of our services are in Dutch, however we try to translate as many important documents as possible. Specifically for students and designers from abroad working in the Netherlands, we offer legal and business advice in English, as well as help you with international contracts and welcome you to attend the more than 40 regional events throughout the country.
‘BNO unites and represents a unique diversity of professional designers and design agencies in the Netherlands. We promote the shared interests of the design community, work on the conditions to further develop the design discipline, and highlight the relevance of design for society.’
The quarterly magazine Dude, or Dutch Designers Magazine, offers insight into the world of designers, how they think and work, and what inspires and drives them.
Dude is a publication of BNO and is free for our members. The magazine is also for sale in magazine stores throughout Netherlands. Dude is available in Dutch. A selected number of issues is available in English, printed, and as a free download.
You can find all English editions of Dude here:
Important links and information
Below you’ll find links to some of the most important organisations and information related to the Dutch design sector. If you are missing any information, feel free to get in touch.
Crossover Works show both designers and other sectors what is possible through collaborations. In these publications, you can find many examples of special collaborative projects between the creative industries and other key sectors.
The series itself is a collaboration between the (co-founded by the BNO) Federatie Dutch Creative Industries and CLICKNL, Dutch Creative Council, the Dutch Chamber of Commerce (KVK) and the Creative Industries Fund NL.
Download the publications in English: