20-10-2016 - Dutch Designers Magazine (English version), published on 21 October 2016

The tenth edition of Dude, Dutch Designers Magazine, starring Joost Grootens is all about book design and contains a special featuring the graduation projects of thirty fresh and upcoming dudes.

Joost Grootens
He belongs to an elite group of Dutch and international book designers and has more than enough assignments, but Joost Grootens can’t keep his studio afloat by making books alone. He’s not worried about the future of books, but he’s also not blind to the changing role of graphic designers. A conversation with the ‘atlas guy’ who’d rather not be an atlas guy at all.



Joost Grootens


With his studio, Grootens occupies a very specific niche. He's a book designer who is especially well-known and celebrated for his atlases full of characteristic data visualisations. But he also applies his typical attitude toward information onto other book typologies. Teaching keeps him sharp and in touch with the younger generation. He does not worry about the future of the book; unconcerned about the changing role of the graphic designer, he is not.

Irma Boom, Mevis and Van Deursen, Joost Grootens and Experimental Jetset. Four graphic designers whose work has appeared in their own books. And they are not the only ones. Our main article provides an analysis of the emergence of the phenomenon 'designer monograph'.

Elsewhere in this issue: a special featuring the graduation projects of thirty fresh and upcoming dudes, animator, director and illustrator Michael Dudok de Wit, Dutch / German design agency Catalogtree, the nominees of the Young Designer Award, the state of education concerning Master's studies in the Netherlands and designs made with sugar and salt.

This edition of Dude was made possible by Creative Industries Fund NL. The printed edition will be presented and distributed at the Munich Creative Business Week. Below, it is available online.

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Dude is a publication of the Association of Dutch Designers (BNO). The Dutch language version is distributed free of charge to BNO members.

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