The digital age has profoundly changed the way we produce, share and use information. As the traditional intermediaries between editors and readers, designers of information have to establish a new balance between these forces. In doing so, they need to redefine their own position as well. Next to designing digital information environments, maps, typefaces and spatial installations Studio Joost Grootens (SJG) works primarily in the field of book design. We are constantly challenged to develop appropriate formats that justify the production of printed material, acknowledging the growing need for visual representation of data. The books we make present knowledge, but they also question the relevance of typologies such as catalogues, indexes and atlases as part of an ongoing research process. We like to deal with complexity, showing that it is a misconception to assume that something complex should look complicated. SJG works for readers.  

Joost Grootens (NL) studied architectural design at Gerrit Rietveld Academy Amsterdam. He established Studio Joost Grootens (SJG) in 1995.
In 2010 Joost Grootens was appointed head of the Master Information Design at Design Academy Eindhoven. Since 2015 Joost Grootens is PhD candidate Artistic Research at the PhDArts programme of Leiden University and Royal Academy of the Arts, The Hague.
Dimitri Jeannottat (CH) Senior Designer, studied graphic design at Hochschule der Künste Bern, works at SJG since 2013. Dimitri Jeannottat teaches graphic design and typography at École d’arts appliqués de La Chaux-de-Fonds since 2014.
Silke Koeck (AT) Senior Designer, studied graphic design at École cantonale d’art de Lausanne, works at SJG since 2013.
Julie da Silva (FR) Designer, studied graphic design at École Supérieure d’Arts Appliqués de Bourgogne and Université Rennes 2, works at SJG since 2015.
Linda Ursem (NL) Office Manager, works at SJG since 2012.  
Carina Schwake (DE) Designer, studied communication design at Hochschule der Bildenden Künste Saar, works at SJG since 2017.
Megan Adé (CH) Design-assistant, studied Visual Communication at the Academy of Art and Design Basel (HGK FHNW), works at SJG since 2018
Denisse Vega de Santiago (MX) Design-assistant, studied Arts & Culture at Leiden University, works at SJG since 2019
Stella Shi (CN) Design-assistant, studies Graphic Design at the Willem de Kooning Academy Rotterdam, works at SJG since 2019


Former collaborators

Renata Alvares, Annemarie van den Berg, Salomé Bernhard, Jim Biekman, Marisa Branco, Mateo Broillet, Uli Budde, Charlotte Carletto, Freya Clijmans, Sille Dalsgaard Petersen, Alexandre Debelloir, Manuel Di Tolve, Christiaan Drost, Adam Farlie, Josh Finklea, Jens Giesel, Francois Girard-Meunier, Jonas Habermacher, Barbara Hoffmann, Margriet Hogenbirk, Anna Iwansson, Chen Jhen, Seo-kyung Kim, Yulia Kondratyeva, Ricardo Leite, Raphael Mathias, Boris Meister, Elena Meneghini, Luca Napoli, Slávka Pauliková, Inka Resch, Arthur Roeloffzen, Simon Ruaut, Raquel Ruiz, Matthieu Salvaggio, Patricia Sartori, Hanae Shimizu, Darja Spanily, Jana Steffen, Julien Tavelli, Lorenzo Toso, Yvonne van Versendaal, Tine van Wel, Manuel Wesely

There are no current vacancies.

We offer two internships per year, from January–July and September–December. Internships are paid €300/month for a four-day working week, Monday–Thursday. If you are interested please send a CV and portfolio showing relevant design work.


Studio Joost Grootens
Groenhoedenveem 24
1019 BL Amsterdam – NL
+31 20 688 61 17
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