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 and obtained his doctorate at Leiden University. He established Studio Joost Grootens (SJG) in 1995. Joost Grootens leads the master programme Information Design at Design Academy Eindhoven and is a university lecturer and researcher at Leiden University. He also has teaching positions at the Urbanism and Societal Change master of KADK Copenhagen, and the Editorial Design master of ISIA Urbino.    
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.  
Megan Adé (CH) Designer, studied Visual Communication at the Academy of Art and Design Basel (HGK FHNW), works at SJG since 2018
Clémence Guillemot (FR) Designer, studied Graphic Design at École Supérieure d’Art et de Design Amiens, 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, Carina Schwake, Stella Shi, 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, Laura Opsomer, 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. Due to the COVID-19 we decided not to offer any internships this year. Hopefully we can welcome new interns after March 2021. If you are interested please send a CV and portfolio showing relevant design work.


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