The typographic research group 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. It arises from formal experiments and is theoretically founded.
READSEARCH 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, Visual Prosody, Dyslectic Readers, Beginning Readers, Readers with a Visual Impairment, Homogeneity & Heterogeneity in typefaces and Reading Ergonomics.
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Coordination: Ann Bessemans, Ann.Bessemans@PXL.BE