Anja Groten is an independent designer and researcher based in Amsterdam.
She completed her postgraduate studies at the design department of the Sandberg Instituut Amsterdam where she graduated in 2011.
Anja Groten investigates the possibilities of an agonistic design practice and is interested in using external forces during her working process. By designing collective moments she 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 build and engage with different communities and collectives depending on the projects I am working on–self-initiated as well as commissioned.

Together with TAAK and De Derde Verdieping I am co-running De PUNT, a collective project space in the east of Amsterdam. De PUNT is the home base of Hackers & Designers, an initiative I founded with Selby and James in July 2013. Hackers & Designers is a monthly meet-up that is aiming to bring two professions closer to each other and create a common vocabulary. For the summer of 2015 H&D is going to launch a summer academy program for the first time. Details to my announced.

Other collaborators are Chris, EstherDavid, HeerkoJanneke, Jeannette, JoelLéoMaartje, Ruben, Thomas, Casco, Annette, Laura, Maiko from Read-in, Yolande, Cat, Emma and Zack from The Center for Genomic Gastronomy.

Anja Groten – Design & Research
Frans de Wollanstraat 62
1018 SC, Amsterdam

t. +31 68 1752963


Verloren gegevens – Lost data

Post Perdu is a monthly mailing by Perdu, podium and bookstore for experimental Dutch poetry. The English translation of Perdu is “Lost”. On every post card I show lost data, found on Google Street view. These flaws of technology are creating new cohesions and new visual narratives. Every months the card is printed on different paper. Amsterdam 2014–2015

Rip and Read

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.

Summer Talks

Friendship and friendliness

Supporters and regular visitors can purchase a “vriendschap” with Perdu, a friendship, materizalized in a businesscard-sized card from beer coaster material, – substantial, stiff and light.

Books – boeken – Bücher

There is no such thing as an innocent reading

Read-in is a collective of artist, who are investigating the possibilities of collective instant reading sessions in other peoples homes. This workbook, was used for a workshop and collective memorizing session in occasion of the exhibition Made in Commons and Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam in January 2014.


An agreement to disagreement

I wrote and designed ‘An agreement to disagreement – why designers need to design conflict’ in occasion of my graduation and the Sandberg Instituut. The research into the possibilities of an agonistic design practice has been a crucial step to frame and define my own design practice. Amsterdam 2011

About bugs, bots and bytes

Hackers & Designers is a non-profit cross-disciplinary community of professional technologists, designers, and artists. Hackers & Designers began as a meet-up in the summer of 2013, and has developed an extensive network of designers, artists, software developers, researchers, scientists, and theoreticians. In the summer of 2015 Hackers & Designers are going to launch their first Summer Academy.


Hackers & Designers is a collaboration of Selby Gildemacher, James Bryan Graves and Anja Groten.


Several outings for a conference about the fall of the iron curtain in 1989. De Balie Amsterdam.