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Two-Day Workshop with Joost Grootens

Creative Mapping and Editorial Design with Head of the Master Information Design at Design Academy Eindhoven
Date: October 27–28, 2014
Time: 10:00–19:00
Location: Gestalten Space, Sophie-Gips-Höfe, Sophienstraße 21, 10178 Berlin
Language: English
Limited to 20 participants
Participation Fee:

€599.00 / Early Booking Price: €399.00 (Limited to the first 7 applicants)

Head of the Master Information Design at Design Academy Eindhoven, Dutch graphic designer Joost Grootens has notably reinvented the art of map creation with his unconventional approach to atlases and editorial design. His Amsterdam-based studio has designed more than 100 books on information design and cartography, specializing in interpreting and presenting complex information with precision, typographic sensitivity, and visual flair.

In a time of information overload, an atlas is one of the most valid, or even urgent mediums for understanding the world in flux we live in. As a visual storytelling tool, it's not just a linear narrative but an information system that offers the reader several points of entry—to survey and inspect information. It uses the full palette and means of graphic design to translate data into information, show connections, and facilitate understanding. 

Over the two-day workshop, Joost Grootens will give insight into how to filter and translate complex data into visually compelling and narrative storytelling atlases for print editorials. Workshop participants will be divided into small groups, and under Groostens’ guidance, they will conduct research, edit and design an “Atlas Without Words”—a purely visual storytelling atlas based on a recent news event. Limited from using any text or numbers, participants will learn to utilize and integrate maps, photography, information graphics, illustrations, pictograms, diagrams and other graphic devices to create engaging editorial designs. 

At the end of the workshop, the “Atlas Without Words” will be collected and included in a print-on-demand book that will be made available to the public. 

This is a comprehensive two-day map and editorial design workshop, designed to help both professionals and students develop skills for creating print editorials. This is primarily a design workshop, but editors and journalists who have an interest in information and editorial design are also welcome. 

Requirements: Participants should bring their own laptop with Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Indesign installed. Adobe Photoshop is recommended but not required.


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About the host

Joost Grootens

Before his successful career in graphic design and editorial design, Joost Grootens studied multimedia design and architecture. His Amsterdam-based studio designs of more than 100 books on information design and cartography and has won numerous awards including ‘Best Book Design from all over the World’ competition in Leipzig, the Dutch Design Award for Graphic Design, the Red Dot Grand Prix for editorial design, and a D&AD ‘yellow pencil’. Joost Grootens is head of the Master Information Design at Design Academy Eindhoven and lectures around the world regularly.

Joost Grootens' work are featured in Gestalten books Turning Pages, Data Flow, and Data Flow 2.

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