Dutch Profiles: Joost Grootens

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Ingenious, brave, impressive and absolutely unique. It's terms like these that are often used when the work of graphic designer Joost Grootens is discussed.

His books about art, architecture and urban spaces all share an analytical, sober approach to the subject matter.

With his Metropolitan World Atlas, he won a gold medal at the 2006 Most beautiful books of the world competition in Leipzig, Germany.

Grootens designs his own printing colours to avoid standard grids, and carefully chooses his paper. For him, the physical experience of handling a book is part of the message.

Video credits

Director: Noud Holtman

Camera: Pierre Rezus

Sound: Eric Leek

Editing: Dominique Kools

Music Sound Design: Pastelle Music

Commissioning editor Submarine: Geert van de Wetering

Producer Submarine: Olivia Sophie van Leeuwen

Produced by Submarine, Femke Wolting & Bruno Felix

Commissioned by DutchDFA

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  • Dutch Profiles

    Dutch Profiles is a series of short documentaries focusing on well-known icons of Dutch design, such as Rem Koolhaas, Droog, Li Edelkoort, Hella Jongerius, HEMA, and Iris van Herpen.