Prof. Dr. Ann Bessemans

Ann Bessemans is an award-winning graphic designer, working as a legibility specialist within her own founded research group READSEARCH at PXL-MAD and Hasselt University. At the same institute she also teaches typography and type design.

Her researches are an important contribution to legibility research and the international type design. It gives the practice of typeface design a better scientific foundation and provides interesting data, by which type designers can accommodate more to the wishes of the reader, both normal as well as impaired. In October 2012, she defended her PhD (Type Design for Children with Low Vision), under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Gerard Unger.

She is given multiple grants by Microsoft Advanced Reading Technologies (USA) for her innovative and pioneering projects, such as visual prosody. Ann was a finalist in the ‘New Scientist Wetenschapstalent 2015’ and the Johnson & Johnson Women in STEM2D award in 2018. In the autumn of 2017 she was invited by the Belgian King and Queen for a Palace concert in which they honoured young talents. Ann is an elected member of the Young Academy and within the same organization a voted board member for the workgroup Art & Science (2017-2019). Ann was also involved in a European COST Action that studies the evolution of Reading in the age of Digitisation.

Ann is an international recognized lecturer at typographic and interdisciplinary conferences and gives workshops on several occasions both in Belgium and abroad.

Her CV is downloadable here >.

Dr. María Pérez Mena (postdoctoral researcher)

María Pérez Mena holds a PhD with honours in Fine Arts from the University of Basque Country (UPV/EHU) entitled La creación tipográfica a través de la noción de proyecto. Proyecto de diseño de la tipografía EHU. Defended in July 2017, under the supervision of Dr. Eduardo Herrera and Dr. Leire Fernández, her research has focused on the creative process in a type design project. The typeface designed as part of this research was honoured in 2015 with a Clap Platinum as “best typeface for text” and is currently being used as corporate typeface in the University of Basque Country. She also holds an MA in Typography: Discipline and Uses (Universitat de Barcelona, UB) and an MA in Research and Creativity in Art (UPV/EHU).

She has presented and published several articles linked with her research in both conferences and scientific journals. Being a member of LETRAZ - Research Group of Typography and Graphic Design from the UPV/EHU, she is co-author of the books EHU Tipografia korporatiboa. Tipografía corporativa EHU (Eduardo Herrera, Leire Fernández, Daniel Rodríguez & María Pérez) and Zientzia Astea. Alfabetatze zientifikoa. Alfabetización científica (Eduardo Herrera, Leire Fernández & María Pérez).

Janneke Janssen (PhD student)

Janneke Johanna Janssen holds a bachelor degree in Visual Arts (Academy of Fine Arts Maastricht) and a master degree in Graphic Design (PXL-MAD School of Arts) after following the International Master 'Reading Type and Typography'. Where her BA project handled the book as an archive, her MA project focusses on reviewing the history and future of the book as a medium in order to design new interpretations. It forms a platform on which participants interact and discuss social issues. The personal research resulted in a renewed, interactive and interlinked construction of the book, in which navigation is the key element.

After several years of work experience and an interesting internship at READSEARCH in 2018, Janneke is now extending typographic research in a PhD position. She explores reading in non-linear magazines with large-scale documentation in this era of digitization by means of texts, images, grid systems and their relations.

Her main interests include macro typography, book design, archives and collections, modular systems, legibility & readability, the interrelation between image and word, narratives, digitization and graphic design.

Her CV is online here >

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Aline De Feyter (intern)

Aline De Feyter holds a Bachelor and Master in great honors in Visual Arts from the department Graphic Design (Sint Lucas, Antwerp). During her studies she has developed her interests in 
book design, branding, design systems, motion graphics and typography.

Her master project resulted in the book ‘Dyscalculie ontcijferd’, a didactic study to 
the learning disability dyscalculia which explains dyscalculia as a way of thinking instead of a disability. During the development of this project she combined the research and design progress simultaneously, instead of the classical way to research first and get to the design afterwards. With the goal to work further on this subject and explore the possibilities within type design she is currently enrolled within READSEARCH.

You can read more about her MA project here>.

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Deniz Kaya (intern)

Deniz Kaya holds an academic bachelor degree in Graphic Design and is currently following the international Master Reading Type & Typography at READSEARCH PXL-MAD in Hasselt, Belgium. Her interest for graphic design started in her early teens but along the way she gained a passion for type and book design.

Her bachelor project handled the book object as an independent universe. Based on a literary work, she analyzed the narrative and the sequences of the characters within their spatial spaces and translated this into a visual abstract book design. This design can be read visually in two directions; on the one hand the completely independent abstract story with its self-contained universe and on the other hand as a literal extension of the existing work. According to her, a book should not only be linear meaning that it should be read from left to right. A book can reveal an extra set of reading lines by means of restructuring into innovative grids, code creation, color and shapes.

During her internship at READSEARCH she will increase her knowledge in the best possible way by means of legibility and reading research both on an theoretical and practical level.

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Céline Van Bakel (intern)

Céline van Bakel holds an academic bachelor degree in Graphic design (PXL-MAD School of Arts) and is currently following the international Master Reading Type & Typography at READSEARCH PXL-MAD in Hasselt, Belgium. Céline was a proud volunteer at ATypI Antwerp in 2018.

During her graphic education she got really interested into micro- and macro typography due to the courses she took with Ann Bessemans. Céline is always eager to learn more about type and typography on a practical and theoretical level. This is the main reason why she didn’t hesitate to apply for an internship at READSEARCH.

For her bachelor project, she researched the ‘things’ people see every day but don’t notice or pay attention to. It proves that people look selective without even knowing. Each individual is driven by certain interests, notions, behavior and thoughts that leads to his/her selective attention. Observing is, in her eyes, to learn to look at objects and situations that surrounds us. She concludes that fewer people are able to observe today, because everyone seems stuck to his/her screen. For the practical outcome of her book project, she archived a collection of images (which are fragments of static objects) and wrote down the things that were moving around her during her journey from her home to the university college. The book contained a structured visual and textual layer followed by an index of all the images. The book makes other people experience how she sees, observes and experiences the world.

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Kenneth Vanoverbeke (intern)

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Prof. dr. Erik Nuyts (statistician)

Prof. dr. Erik Nuyts is researcher and lecturer at the University College PXL and associate professor at the University of Hasselt. He got a master degree in mathematics, and afterwards a PhD in biology. He has conducted scientific research for the last 30 years.

Since his specialty is research methodology and analysis, his working area is not limited to one specific field. His experiences in research, therefore, vary from mathematics to biology, traffic engineering and credit risks, health, physical education, (interior) architecture and typography.

His responsibilities both at the University College PXL as at the University of Hasselt involve preparation of research methodology, data collection and statistical analyses in many different projects. He is responsible for courses in research design, statistics and mathematics.