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Open doors + special guest: Joost Grootens

Every first Thursday of the month De Monsterkamer organizes an Open doors + special guest event. This time we invited Joost Grootens.

  • Date: 02/10/2014
  • Time: 17:00 - 20:00
  • Speaker: Joost Grootens
  • Organiser: De Monsterkamer

Joost Grootens (1971) studied architectural design at Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. As a graphic designer he is self-taught. His studio designs books in the fields of architecture, urban space and art, specializing on atlases, designing both the maps and the books themselves.

In many of his books photography is an important component. A good example is “MVRDV Buildings” (nai010 publishers, 2013), where professional and amateur photography is combined together. Paper choice and the technical quality of the available images should not be restricting the image selection process. Moreover, the diversity of the material must be forged into a smooth story in the pictures. To clarify this working process image editor/lithographer Marc Gijzen comes along, with whom Joost Grootens collaborates regularly.


MVRDV Buildings (nai010 publishers, 2013). Design: Joost Grootens, lithography: Marc Gijzen


MVRDV Buildings (nai010 publishers, 2013). Design: Joost Grootens, lithography: Marc Gijzen

Joost Grootens

Studio Joost Grootens clients includes: nai010 publishers, Lars Müller Publishers, gta Verlag, Van Dale Uitgevers, Phaidon Press, Maharam, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen and Musées de Strasbourg. 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 Leipzig. In 2009 he was awarded the Netherlands’ most prestigious design award, 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 research programme Information Design at Design Academy Eindhoven’s Master course. He has also lectured and conducted workshops at various institutions in Asia, Europe and North America. Joost Grootens is a member of AGI (Alliance Graphique Internationale).

Marc Gijzen

Marc Gijzen is an independent lithographer and has wide experience with different printers and paper, especially uncoated papers. His approach is not only technical but he is also strongly involved with the content. His clients include: Groei & Bloei, Mauritshuis, PostNL, nai010 publishers, Gottmer Publishing Group, Prometheus, Studio Dumbar and UNICEF Netherlands. He also works with individual designers, photographers, artists and architects. He is a member of the CMBO, where he is mainly concerned with graphic specifications and standards for the printing industry in The Netherlands.


Catalog of the best Dutch book design 2013, Design: Joost Grootens, lithografie Marc Gijzen


  • 17:00 Drinks
  • 18:00 Presentation Joost Grootens and Marc Gijzen
  • 18:30 Discussion
  • 19:00 Drinks
  • 20:00 End

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