Kevin Bormans (Researcher)

Kevin Bormans holds a MA in Graphic Design. Being fascinated by letter shapes since his teens, this passion was further fed and sharpened during his higher education by prof. dr. Ann Bessemans.

His graduation project, which dealt with regional accents in speech in Flanders (in type design and graphic design) for which Ann was also his supervisor, was elected for the national exhibition ‘Week van het Ontwerpen’ during the international biennial in Kortrijk (BE) in 2014, and was a part of ‘De Klas van 2014’ by the Belgian design magazine Kwintessens. This project led to a PhD within the research field of visual prosody.

During his stay at READSEARCH, Kevin first worked as an assistent of Ann before starting his own PhD. This PhD focused on differences in the utterance of prosodic type parameters between introvert and extravert children through and influenced by gradations of these parameters in text. Kevin was also involved in a European COST action (E-Read) on reading in the digital age.

Due to unforseen circumstances, Kevin left READSEARCH with mutual understanding before finishing his PhD, and wishes all current and future members all the best.

Thom Janssen (Interim)

Thom Janssen holds the bachelor degree in Graphic Design and the master degree of Type and Media of the Royal Academy of Arts, The Hague (KABK).

He loves the combination of type and technology. The relatively new variable fonts gave new opportunities of exploration, building workflows, prototyping, experiments with complex designspaces, and much more.

His enthusiasm in these disciplines was picked up by READSEARCH. From January 2018 till June 2018, Thom assisted READSEARCH on various projects during the mother leave of Ann. After that, Thom moved to Berlin to join LucasFonts as a font programmer.

Jong Hyeok Kim (Internship)

Jong-Hyeok Kim holds a bachelor’s degree from the Rhode Island School of Design in Graphic Design. Last year he also graduated with a visual/autonomous art work within the master Graphic Design course at KASK in Gent, Belgium.

In between these two degrees he worked as a graphic designer in South Korea, the United States and Belgium.

Now he’s challenging himself again to study the international master program 'Reading Type & Typography' at the University College PXL-MAD School of Arts in Hasselt, Belgium. He is eager to develop knowledge on typography in order to understand better the core of graphic design. Also, he hopes that his study and internship – about visual prosody within the Korean Language — at READSEARCH would be a foothold to expand his (typographic) art and design projects in the future.

Milda Kuraityte (Short Scientific Mission)

Milda Kuraityte holds BA degree in Graphic Design and MS degree in Communication Design. At this moment she is doing her PhD at the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Lisbon in the field of Graphic Design.

In her research, M.Kuraityte combines fields of Typography and Psycholinguistics. M.Kuraitytė runs experiments by using an eye-tracking system and stimulus of Kinetic Typography.

Research “Tracking Kinetic Typography” run by M.Kuraityte aims to understand reading experience on screen and preferences of the readers by implementing different categories of Kinetic Typography.

M.Kuraityte also works with two COST actions, E- Read and ELN, where she is actively collaborating with other researchers and participating in Short Scientific Missions.

Steffie Mathijs (internship)

Steffie Mathijs holds an academic BA & MA in visual arts and is currently enrolling into the educational MA (PXL-MAD School of Arts, Belgium).

Her interest in typography started in early graphic design classes in high school and expanded to the point of pursuing higher education, starting out with graphic design and illustration. Inspired by all sorts of handwriting, hand lettering & calligraphy in her first year, she signed up for a class in typography taught, by prof. dr. Ann Bessemans. Steffie was a proud volunteer at ATypI Antwerp in 2018.

Her main interests are macro typography, the collaboration between word and image, catalogs, book design and graphic design in general.

Her masterproject focused on reviewing memories based on the history of her father who passed away. This is expressed in a collaboration between word and image.

Sophie Goosens (internship)

Liesa Vanhoutteghem (internship)

Liesa Vanhoutteghem holds a BA in visual arts and is currently following her Master of Arts (MA) at the PXL MAD in Hasselt, Belgium.

Her interest in typography started in early graphic design classes in high school and expanded to the point of pursuing a college education, starting out with graphic design and illustration. Inspired by all sorts of handwriting, hand lettering & calligraphy in her first year, she signed up for a class in typography taught, by Dr. Ann Bessemans.

A curiosity for type design grew and slowly illustration muddled in with typography and a passion was born. Through the years she made several of her own lowercase type faces, under supervision of Dr. Ann Bessemans. As a part of her Master of Arts Liesa is working as an intern within READSEARCH in a project concerning visual prosody.

Wojciech Płudowski (Internship)

Wojciech Płudowski holds a bachelor degree in New Media Arts from Polish–Japanese Academy of Information Technology in Warsaw and is currently following his Master of Arts there.

Already during his first study, IT, he started to switch his interests from animation to typography and graphic design. He exercised his design skills by means of creating a visual identity for 41st Session of the World Heritage Committee of UNESCO with friends as well as doing events or exhibition posters, videos and animations. Still, his biggest interest lies in typography, so he decided to deepen his knowledge with an internship within READSEARCH.

While his BA was an exploration of the influence of the Western culture on Japanese typography. For his Master, he set out to explore the overall influence of scripts of different origins on layout, relations between them and corresponding type design.

Marta Guidotti (Internship)

Marta Guidotti holds a Bachelor in Graphic Design & Multimedia (LABA, Florence, Italy) and is continuing her studies at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze (MA course of Nuovi Linguaggi Espressivi - graphic) with an Erasmus study period exchange at the Reading Type & Typography at READSEARCH PXL-MAD in Hasselt, Belgium.

Moving from a pure design method to a conceptual and artistic one, in her graphic education; she has experienced that graphic design needs both of these two sides: the design one and the one of pure experimentation, and these two sides must be kept in constant dialogue with each other in an incessant and reciprocal enrichment.

With this attitude and an interest for multiplicity, pluralism and dynamic, variable systems, she is approaching type and typography.

Maarten Renckens (Researcher)