PhD degree awarded in April 2020
The Blue Dot
Joost Grootens investigates new map making practices of technology companies and amateurs. As a graphic designer Grootens researches the blurring maker-user divide in the production of visual information.
Joost Grootens (1971, NL) studied architectural design at Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam from 1990–1995. As a graphic designer he is self-taught. His studio SJG designs books, maps, typefaces, spatial installations and digital information environments for publishers, among which Lars Müller Publishers, nai010 publishers, Park Books, Phaidon press, Van Dale Publishers; for educational and research institutes such as ETH Zürich, Future Cities Laboratory Singapore, KADK Copenhagen, TU Delft, and for museums, among which Boijmans Van Beuningen Museum Rotterdam, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and Van Abbemuseum Eindhoven.
SJG won numerous prizes for their designs. Among them the ‘Goldene Letter’ and two Gold Medals in the Best Book Design from all over the World competition in Leipzig, twice the Dutch Design Award for Graphic Design, and the Rotterdam Design Prize 2009. A monograph about Grootens’s work titled ‘I swear I use no art at all’ was published by 010 Publishers in 2010.
Grootens is head of the master programme Information Design at Design Academy Eindhoven, and university lecturer at the Academy of Creative and Performing Arts of Leiden University and the University of the Arts The Hague. He also has teaching positions at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture, Copenhagen and the Istituto Superiore per le Industrie Artistiche, Urbino. Grootens is a member of Alliance Graphique Internationale.
Joost Grootens will co-moderate a workshop and give the keynote lecture at the conference ‘Mapping as Joint Spatial Display’ at Haus der Kulturen der Welt Berlin on November 29th and 30th.
Joost Grootens takes part in the exhibition 'Speculative Design Archive' at Het Nieuwe Instituut.
Joost Grootens contributes the essay ‘Complexity and Contradiction in Map Design’ to Back Office #2, French bilingual annual magazine on graphic design and digital practices, published by Éditions B42. The launch of this issue takes place at La Gaîté Lyrique, Paris on May 2nd.
Joost Grootens co-edited and designed the book ‘Atlas of the Copenhagens’ that includes his essay ‘The Rhetoric of Withholding Judgment’. Published by Ruby Press. The book launch takes place at KADK, Copenhagen on April 17th.
Joost Grootens gives a lecture at the symposium ‘La Laboratoire de Graphique de Jacques Bertin EHESS, 1954–2000’ at École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS).
Studio Joost Grootens designed the publication 'Findings on Light', the third volume in PARS’ 'Atlas of Creative Thinking', curated and edited by Hester Aardse & Astrid Alben and published by Lars Müller Publishers.
As part of their long term collaboration with the Van Abbemuseum that started in 2013, Studio Joost Grootens made the 'Museum Index', a graphic system that allows visitors to oversee the collection and to keep track of possible changes (f.i. loans, new acquisitions).
Studio Joost Grootens designed the exhibition graphics for the exhibition 'Dream Out Loud' presented at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam.
For the exhibition 'The 1980s' that is currently on show in the Van Abbemuseum, Studio Joost Grootens made a timeline showing artworks the museum acquired from 1980 until today.
For the Municipal Museum in Schiedam Studio Joost Grootens made a series of spatial infographics in the museum galleries that show how the collection has expanded over the last fifteen years.
Studio Joost Grootens designed the new book on Zero artist Jan Schoonhoven.
Studio Joost Grootens designed the book 'Brick. An exacting material' on contemporary Dutch brick architecture edited by Jan Peter Wingender.
For nearly five years Studio Joost Grootens worked on the design of the 2015 edition of the Van Dale's Great Dictionary of the Dutch Language, called the 'Dikke van Dale' for short.
Studio Joost Grootens designed the book 'Young-Old. Urban Utopias of an Aging Society' by architect and researcher Deane Simpson.
The Süddeutsche Zeitung Studio published a full-page information graphic designed by Studio Joost Grootens that shows material damages caused by the US military intervention against IS.