The Map1 as Instrument 2
1 Map n 1 A diagrammatic representation of an area of land (…) 1.2 A diagram or collection of data (…)
2 Instrument n (…) 4 A means of pursuing an aim (…)
—Oxford English Dictionary
Joost Grootens' research project consists of parallel tracks exploring the political, cultural and technological aspects of the map. As a graphic designer Grootens researches these aspects departing from the visual representation of maps and the design strategies used to create them.
Joost Grootens (1971, NL) studied architectural design at Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. As a graphic designer he is self-taught. His studio designs maps and books in the fields of architecture and urban space, specializing on atlases. Among his clients are nai010 Publishers, Lars Müller Publishers, Phaidon Press, gta Verlag, Royal Danish Academy School of Architecture Copenhagen, ETH Zürich and Van Abbemuseum.
Grootens has won numerous prizes for his designs. Among them the ‘Goldene Letter’ and two Gold Medals in the Best Book Design from all over the World competition. In 2009 he was awarded the Rotterdam Design Prize. A monograph about his work titled ‘I swear I use no art at all’ was published by 010 Publishers in 2010.
Grootens is head of the Master Information Design at Design Academy Eindhoven. He has also lectured at various institutions in Asia, Europe and North America.
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).
Joost Grootens gives a lecture at the Hochschule für Gestaltung un Kunst that is part of a series of lectures entitled ‘Information Design’.
Joost Grootens gives a lecture during the Symposium Exemplaires at the Haute école des arts du Rhin.
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 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.
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.