TYPO Speaker


Ann Bessemans

Ann Bessemans (°1983) has a MA in graphic design (Provinciale Hogeschool Limburg). Her typographic graduation project was awarded a national prize. On October 25, 2012, she defended her PhD dissertation entitled “Type Design for Children with Low Vision”, under the supervision of Prof. Gerard Unger (Leiden University) and Prof. Dr. Bert Willems (Hasselt University). Bessemans’ PhD project is an attempt at bridging the gap between font designers and cognitive scientists studying the legibility of letter characters. The ultimate goal of this PhD project was to design a font that can reduce the reading problems of children with low vision. In the light of this project she was granted a scholarship by Microsoft Corporation USA ClearType & Avanced Reading Technologies. At the moment she works as a research assistant at MAD (Media Arts and Design)-faculty, ready to set up more legibility research. Since 2006 she teaches graphic design and typography at the MAD-faculty to bachelor and master students. Ann Bessemans also works as a graphic designer, e.g. for the series of monographs Vlees & Beton/Voids & Borders published by the department of Architecture and Urban Planning of the University of Ghent. She has presented papers and gave workshops on several occasions both in Belgium and abroad. Her research interests include the interrelations between image & word, typography, font design, legibility, reading graphic design, book design and modular systems.

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