READSEARCH focuses on reading research. Type design and/or typography is looked at from a multidisciplinary and scientific perspective, but always with a practical attitude. The design practice forms next to, based on and in dialogue with experimental, but theoretically funded research a substantial share.

The group provides a unique and inspiring environment that brings together design researchers, typeface designers, scientists, students and stakeholders through research, courses and documentation. In this environment, thinking and creating are perfectly synchronised.

READSEARCH is embedded in the understanding of the typographic historical development, as well as the impact of type-making and typesetting technologies. Besides classical typography, READSEARCH explores borders of legibility/readability for several target groups. Established conventions aren’t lost track of during research, but are combined with looking at what conventions could be on digital media and complex information structures, or what they could mean for digital typography. The digitisation has a considerable part in the emergence of typographic specifications that are not only fluid across platforms and use scenarios, but also across time. (Typographic designers are now multi-skilled individuals or closely integrated teams of designers and coders.) READSEARCH is aware of possible combinations between the parameters mentioned above.


READSEARCH investigates different topics: Rhythm & Legibility, Rhythm & Reading Comfort, Homogeneity & Heterogeneity in Typefaces, Visual Prosody, Moving and Kinetic Typography, Reading Ergonomics, Digital Reading, Navigational Systems in Editorial Design and the Tactility of the Book.

READSEARCH focuses on several target groups: Readers with a Visual Impairment, Non-impaired Readers, Beginner Readers, Struggling Readers, Dyslectic Readers, Deaf and Hard-of-hearing Readers.


For our research, we develop some tools that makes work easier. Some of them are freely available on the web:

–We extended the program Praat to fit our needs (work in progress)

–we developed a plugin for Praat to quickly get the intensity and pitch values from sound recordings.

–For the transition from textgrid files to csv files, we worked together with Dafydd Gibbon from Bielefeld University (DE)

–And there also is a tool to randomize sentences.

–As our research continues, more tools will be developed when needed and shared.


READSEARCH's team is not fixed. The core research team is also involved into education. READSEARCH is the major influence to innovate typographic education at its host institute PXL-MAD School of Arts (Hasselt University) and the heart of the international Master Reading Type & Typography. We also encourage internships and part-time members as well. The full team list can be found here in the 'members page'.


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Our office is located at:

PXL-MAD, room C201

Elfde-Liniestraat 25

3500 Hasselt


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