By ALICE RAWSTHORN
LONDON — The final page of Joost Grootens’s new book contains a dedication to his two daughters. Sweet, you may think, but hardly surprising, at least until he identifies them as “Step (born between 17 and 18) and Clara (born between 73 and 74).”
The numbers refer to the books he was designing before and after the girls’ births. Like the other 98 books Mr. Grootens has produced in the last decade, they are numbered in chronological order on page 2 of his new book, titled “I swear I use no art at all: 10 years, 100 books, 18,788 pages of book design.”In it, he describes the process of designing each book and the evolution of his career as a designer partly in words, but mostly visually, in maps, charts, grids, infographics, indices and so on.