Anja Groten is an independent designer and researcher based in Amsterdam. Investigates the possibilities of an agonistic design practice she is interested in using external forces during her working process. By designing collective moments Anja aims to go into discussion with the public and simultaneously provokes confrontation and the unexpected.,

Collaboration and collective modes of production are essential for my design practice. Working independently allows me to build and engage with different communities and collectives. I work on–self-initiated as well as commissioned projects.

For 3 years I co-organized De PUNT, a collective art and project space in the east of AmsterdamDe PUNT has been also the home base of Hackers & Designers, an initiative I founded with Selby and James in July 2013. Hackers & Designers organizes monthly meet-ups and encounters with technologies and makers, aiming to bring the two professions closer to each other to create a common vocabulary. In the summer of 2015 H&D launched a summer academy program for the first time–the H&D Summer Academy.

Other collaborators are André, Chris, HeerkoJanneke, Jeannette, Joel, Leanne, LéoMaartje, m–d buero, Ruben, Thomas, Casco, Read-in, Sjoerd, Yolande, The Center for Genomic Gastronomy.

Anja Groten – Design & Research
Haparandadam 7 – Studio D5
1012 AK, Amsterdam


WeMe – A Co-created Speech to Text Zine


WeMe is a collaboratively produced magazine about the potential of failure. Written, designed and produced in the context of Make!  using and the tool of constraints!

How to create an Anonymous Network in a Network


The manual ‘How to create an anonymous network in a network’, is produced as part of the Facebook Farewell Party, initiated by Waag Society at the Stadschouwburg in Amsterdam. In a workshop H&D demonstrated in  7 steps how to create an anonymous account on Facebook, using burner phones, burner email addresses.

Rip & Read: Is it a bookmark or a businesscards??

Bookmark/businesscards for Perdu. Perdu is a center for experimental poetry in Amsterdam,  accomomodating 3 different practices: the curation of an evening program (de avonden), a bookstore and a pubslishing house. According to these 3 practices I designed a bookmark that at the same time entails 3 businesscards that can be ripped apart.

There are “thick & thin” poems – Post Perdu 2016 ‘Poemsorting’

Friends are to cuddle. Perdu – vrienden worden


Soon live: In collaboration with Heerko

Decolonizing Design


New roles of design have emerged in the recent decade. Whether called critical, speculative, or social design, contemporary practitioners share an understanding that design should become more involved with social and political matters. There seems to be a mutual consent that designers should persistently reflect on whether their practice is able to break open dominant misconceptions about matters such as race, gender, and class, rooted in visual culture. Are contemporary designers looking beyond their comfort zones?

We invited designers A Parede from Brazil and curator Amal Alhaag from Amsterdam to talk about the responsibilities of design in regards to inequality.

In collaboration with Ruben Pater.

Hackers & Designers Summer Academy documentation

This publication is made using Wikimedia as a co-writing and editing tool, Pandoc to translate the wiki markup to html and Scribus to layout the pages.

Find more about the workflow on the H&D wiki. The source code is available on github


Instant & Momentary Publishing


The Momentary Zine is an interactive publishing installation and has been shown at Zinefest Berlin, at the Libre Graphics Meeting in London and at Northside Festival in New York. We custom developed software to create the zine, which is open source and available on Github. With the help of speech to text technology the spoken word translates to text. Simultaneously an algorithm runs an automated image search on Google or Imgur, querying the spoken words and adding the image results accordingly to the zine layout. The outcome is a printed zine.

In collaboration with Hackers & Designers and Vicky de Visser

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