This webpage provides an overview of our former students. For information about the International Master itself, please click here. >


Sam Vermeylen (BE)

As the first International Master to graduate at READSEARCH, my graduation project revolved around reviving quality stencil typefaces by creating a new design system. The system incorporates a three-dimensional environment which gives shape to different font variations. This graduation project was selected for ‘Week van het Ontwerpen’ in 2017 and ‘De designklas van 2017’, a selection by Flanders DC Magazine of the 25 best graduation projects from over 600 in total.

The International Master at READSEARCH has my sincere recommendation for students looking to push the boundaries of type design and typography. I came into touch with different design topics and found a field of design I was most drawn to. From here on out, the course provided me with interesting subject matter and feedback which encouraged me to different ways of thinking. This led me to the subject of my own graduation project. Ann Bessemans has shown herself to be an impressive mentor and I feel like the READSEARCH environment has had a direct impact on the quality and success of my work. The thesis is available here >


Janneke Janssen (NL)

Starting off the MA Reading Type & Typography with interests in archives and documentation, constantly re-reading and implying the underlaying systems in new book designs, combined with my fascination about Maria devotion, my work started with micro level type design, evolving to macro level typography in the complex navigation throughout books.

It resulted in a master project that reviewed the history and future of ‘the book’ as medium. The structures of diverse religious books, other non-linear books and new media were reflected upon to design new interpretations of the book in a periodical of multiple parts. This edition of ISSUES comprises different viewpoints on Mary Devotion, its connection to religion and the role of women in society. My work is intended, and can evolve further, as a platform where the participant interacts and discuss social issues. My contribution to the (graphic)content is a personal research on the topic, which took place in my surroundings, in tradition with the family heritage.

This publication aims to enlarge the interaction of the user with the content through several design parameters, set out in text-image relations and grid systems, which were of importance to design and shape the periodical in (typographic) micro levels and macro levels, based on non-linearity and navigation. The Master project resulted in a renewed, interactive and interlinked construction of the book, in which navigation is the key element. This master offered me te opportunity to experiment with several ways to deal with these kind of contents.

Jong-Hyeok Kim (KR)

My master project is about me becoming a computer processor. Therefore, if a participant inputs a certain type of data, I process the input data, and it transforms into visual images. The system was mainly based on the pixelated Korean letters within their typical square grid system. These pixelated Korean letters were “deconstructed” into individual strokes and “reconstructed” into visual forms.

My motivation to choose for this International Master was to explore the possibility to convert (or to combine) typography into visual arts. My project derived from personal experiences and interests, in which I had boundary issues about my work because some people had trouble to understand whether my works were categorized into graphic design or fine arts. Therefore, this is a personal project to defy the border of art and design.

Liesa Vanhoutteghem (BE)

During studying READSEARCH's Reading Type & Typography, my graduation project revolved around a topic I was introduced to in my internship at that same typographic research group: visual prosody. I focused on visualising speech prosody in an new and experimental way, exaggerating the type design in order to find the limits and to enrich the graphic language with new inputs.

During this Master I was challenged to explore type design and typography in ways I hadn’t before, coming in contact with artists and design topics alike. The received feedback pushed myself, my boundaries and my ways of thinking and designing in a way I couldn’t imagine before. This benefited my graduation project in many ways and the workplace and members of READSEARCH stimulated me to deliver the best quality of work. I truly recommend this experience, it’s a year that has shaped me in many ways and one that I’ll think back fondly of.


Walda Verbaenen (NL)

The best gift I could have given myself: My immersion in READSEARCH’s MA ‘Reading Type and Typography’ at PXL-MAD School of Arts.

A master year is a true challenge in which you explore a typographic interest and discover an evolution and process on many levels herein. There is no doubt it was extremely hard work, but also rewarding in the end for the typographic designer who I became and want to become. For students interested in typography that have not yet decided what to do next year, I highly recommend this master with impressive mentorship.

For my project I created a visual identity for a language according to its phonology, that is both functionally and aesthetically new. In addition to the role typography can have to visualize the identity of a language, this project also wants to identify the supporting function that typography can offer, experimentally and functionally.