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 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.

SJG has its home-base in Amsterdam, the Netherlands and a second base in Biel/Bienne, Switzerland.

 

Joost Grootens (NL) studied architectural design at Gerrit Rietveld Academy Amsterdam. He established Studio Joost Grootens (SJG) in 1995. Joost Grootens leads the master programme Information Design at Design Academy Eindhoven. Grootens is a tutor at the Master Urbanism & Societal Change at KADK Copenhagen, and professor Information Architecture at the Master Editorial Design of ISIA Urbino. Since 2015 Joost Grootens is PhD candidate at the PhDArts programme of Leiden University and KABK The Hague.
Dimitri Jeannottat (CH) Senior Designer, studied graphic design at Hochschule der Künste Bern, works at SJG since 2013, and set up the second base of SJG in Biel/Bienne, Switzerland in 2019. Dimitri Jeannottat teaches graphic design and typography at École d’arts appliqués de La Chaux-de-Fonds since 2014. 
Julie da Silva (FR) Senior 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) Designer, studied Visual Communication at the Academy of Art and Design Basel (HGK FHNW), works at SJG since 2018
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, Silke Koeck, 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, Denisse Vega de Santiago, 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. If you are interested please send a CV and portfolio showing relevant design work.

 

SJG
Groenhoedenveem 24
1019 BL Amsterdam – NL
+31 20 688 61 17
contact [​at​] joostgrootens.nl
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Office hours Monday through Thursday,
9.00–18.00


SJG Biel/Bienne
Alexander-Schöni-Strasse 29
2503 Biel/Bienne – CH
dimitri [​at​] joostgrootens.nl
 

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