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Ann Bessemans

Ann Bessemans (°1983) has a MA in gra­phic design (Provinciale Hogeschool Limburg). She works as a rese­arch assis­tant and a lec­tu­rer (mas­ter stu­dio Letters in de Ruimte) at PHL. Bessemans’ PhD pro­ject (Leiden University, University of Hasselt in asso­ci­a­tion with PHL) is a first attempt at brid­ging the gap between font desig­ners and cog­ni­tive sci­en­tists stu­dy­ing the legi­bi­lity of let­ter cha­rac­ters.
The ulti­mate goal of this PhD pro­ject is to design a font that can reduce the rea­ding pro­blems of chil­dren with low vision. In the con­text of this pro­ject she was gran­ted a scho­lar­ship by Microsoft Corporation USA ClearType & Avanced Reading Technologies. She also works as a gra­phic desig­ner, for instance for the series of mono­gra­phs Vlees & Beton/Voids & Borders publis­hed by the University of Ghent depart­ment of archi­tec­ture and urban plan­ning. She has pre­sen­ted papers on seve­ral occa­si­ons both in Belgium and abroad. Her rese­arch inte­rests include the inter­re­la­ti­ons between image & word, typo­gra­phy, font design, gra­phic design and book design.

(Nederlands) Frank Blokland

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