Born 1971, Joost Grootens 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. Joost Grootens is programme leader of the research program 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.