Anja Groten is an independent designer and researcher based in Amsterdam. Investigating the possibilities of frictional encounters as part of design practice, Anja designs collective moments of critical making, aimed at discussion, confrontation and contingency. Anja works on (self-)commissions and besides tutors at the Design Department of the Sandberg Instituut, and the Design Academy Eindhoven. In 2013 Anja co-founded the initiative Hackers & Designers, attempting to break down the barriers between the two fields by enforcing a common vocabulary through education, hacks and collaboration.
In autumn of 2017 Anja joins the PhD Arts doctorate programme focussing on Critical Making.,

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


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.

’89. Civil Courage. Revolution. Democracy. Europe

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

About system design and decentralized currency

Connect the dots poster and announcement for a Hackers & Designers meet-up.

“The Growing Pains of Collaborative Type Design II”, workshop by Moniker
De Punt launched their new Bitcoin cash register
Emilio Moreno about: “Other Issues: Currency delimiting Sovereignty”

Guide to the Fantasmatic Space Modeller

The Fantasmatic Space Modeller is a self-initiated project that was first shown at Design in the Afterhours during Cape Town Design World Capital 2014. The Fantasmatic Space Modeller is an interactive application, which places the user in a fluctuating, imaginative space. This environment can be altered, influenced and shaped through a user control panel. The application is accompanied by a reader/zine, stencil printed partly at Stencil Zolder in Amsterdam and Salty Print in Cape Town. Amsterdam & Cape Town 2014

De PUNT, collective art and project space

De PUNT is a collectively run art and project space in the east of Amsterdam. Together with artist and web developer Heerko van de Kooij I made a website, which addresses the qualities of the unexpected resolving from collective efforts. Amsterdam 2014