In 2015, Prof. Dr. Ann Bessemans founded the READSEARCH legibility research group at PXL-MAD School of Arts and Hasselt University in Belgium. She also serves as program director of the school’s international Master program in reading type and typography.
READSEARCH provides a unique environment bringing together design researchers, designers, scientists, students, and stakeholders through research, courses, and documentation. As a research group and educational program, READSEARCH focuses on reading research. The program aims to develop practical/typographic legibility and readability studies within a new conceptual framework surrounding micro-, meso-, and macro-typographic design research.
The READSEARCH sessions consist of short knowledge clips divided into the categories of typographic research (PhD and post-PhD) and education (international Master Reading Type and Typography projects). Select READSEARCH students and researchers each presented a specific subject, a particular concept, a basic principle or the main result, or a conclusion.
Knowledge clips are known for efficiency, support in a learning process, and focus. The track offers insights into some of READSEARCH’s core topics and emphasizes networking and discussion among students and other design researchers. These sessions do not focus on the institution or academic program, but rather on the specific topic of reading research.
Among other topics, moderated Q&A centers on the latest advances and pitfalls in the evolution of READSEARCH. Discussion, questions, and debate are encouraged in this environment.