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ATypI Antwerp Team

Starting in 1957, every year ATypI has hosted the most important and only truly global event on type and typography. This, of course, requires a significant amount of experience and manpower. We are happy to present the team behind our 2018 conference.









Jo De Baerdemaeker

JoDr. Jo De Baerdemaeker is an independent Belgian typeface designer and researcher based in Antwerp. He holds an MA in Typeface Design and was awarded a Ph.D. from the University of Reading. Jo is fascinated by the visual representation of languages. His interests are designing, researching, and writing about world script typefaces (particularly on Tibetan, Lantsa, Mongolian and Javanese) and multilingual typography. His typeface designs include Wiels, 'Lungta', a Tibetan-Latin Unicode-encoded OpenType font, Noto Sans Javanese, Nirmala Bengali, and Sherpa Lantsa. Other typefaces of his hand are the Flanders Art font family, Antwerpen, and the Colard Mansion font family. He is an elected board member of ATypI and the organization's Country Delegate for Belgium. Jo currently teaches at LUCA School of Arts (campus Sint Lucas Gent), at the Plantin Institute of Typography (Antwerp), and at the European Lettering Institute (Bruges). In 2012, he founded Studio Type in Antwerp and collaborates with international design agencies and type foundries. Jo is the head of the local organizing team of ATypI Antwerp 2018, and is currently studying the evolution of design, typesetting, and use of typefaces for the traditional Mongolian script.
(photo courtesy of Michael Bundscherer)


Ann Bessemans

AnnDr. Ann Bessemans is an award-winning typographic designer who works as a legibility specialist within her own founded research group READSEARCH (PXL-MAD/Hasselt University–Belgium). At the same institute, she teaches typography and type design and founded the International Master Reading Type & Typography in 2016. Her research and teaching are a contribution to legibility research and international type design. Ann was awarded multiple grants by Microsoft Advanced Reading Technologies (USA) for her innovative and pioneering projects such as visual prosody. She was a finalist in the ‘New Scientist Wetenschapstalent 2015’ and the Johnson & Johnson Women in STEM2D award in 2018. In the autumn of 2017. Ann was invited by the Belgian King and Queen for a Palace concert in which they honored young talents. Ann is an elected member of the Young Academy and, within the same organization, a voted board member for the workgroup Art & Science. Ann is also involved in a European COST Action that studies the evolution of Reading in the age of Digitization. Ann is an internationally-recognized lecturer at typographic and interdisciplinary conferences and gives workshops on several occasions both in Belgium and abroad. Her research/design interests are typography, font design, legibility, reading, graphic design, book design, letterpress, and modular systems.


Frederik Berlaen

FredrikFrederik Berlaen is a type designer with a love for programming and scripting. After studying graphic design at Sint-lucas in Ghent, where he developed a passion for pure black-and-white type, he went to study type design at the Royal Academy of Art (KABK) in The Hague.

Frederik received a Master Degree at the postgraduate course Type & Media in 2006. His final project was not a type family, but rather an application called Kalliculator, which studies the broad nib and pointed pen.

Frederik works under the name of TypeMyType, providing font services, programming, and development of such applications as RoboFont, DrawBot, UFOstretch, and more. He teaches type design and scripting at Luca School of Arts Ghent, taught at ECAL in Lausanne from 2009 to 2015, and has taught a Typography & Language post-graduate course in Esad Amiens since 2016.


Joke Gossé

JokeJoke Gossé is a typographer, type designer, and book designer based in Antwerp, Belgium. She completed an MA in Graphic Design from Sint Lucas Art College in Antwerp and an MA in Typeface design from the University of Reading. 

Joke has an interest in tailor-made type. In her freelance work, she completes projects for national clients and publishers, combining various aspects of typography, from typographic design and illustrations over bespoke type design to research and consulting. Joke has also published two books, one with typographic designs and one about food brands’ typographic identity. She also lectures on design and typography at AP college in Antwerp. 

Crystian Cruz

CrystianCrystian Cruz is a Brazilian graphic designer with broad experience in editorial design and typography. He holds a Master degree in Typeface Design from Reading University and is currently undertaking a Ph.D. at Newcastle University, in Australia. He has worked as creative director of major Brazilian magazines and newspaper and as type director at Agência Africa, one of the biggest advertising agencies in Brazil. He designed custom corporate typefaces for major Brazilian brands, having invented the use of bar charts in fonts and auto-condensation of fonts at the end of text lines. He also worked as a part-time lecturer in some Brazilian bachelor and postgraduate courses for 15 years. Crystian has presented talks at more than sixty design events, including ATypI and Typecon, and is constantly featured in magazines and books related to the Brazilian design and typographic scene. He was on the local committee of ATypI São Paulo 2015 and was responsible for the visual of the conference.


Laura Meseguer

LauraLaura Meseguer is a freelance graphic and type designer based in Barcelona and now in Amsterdam. Her studio works for international and domestic clients but also in self-initiated projects. As a typographer and type designer, she is specialized in all sorts of projects involving custom lettering and type design, for branding and publishing design. Her design approach is to create unique solutions for every assignment, based on the concept, the content and the context, always in close collaboration with art directors and designers. She designs and produces typefaces which are distributed through her own digital type foundry Type-Ø-Tones. She is the author of TypoMag, Typography in Magazines, published by IndexBook, and co-author of the book Cómo crear tipografías. Del boceto a la pantalla, published by Tipo e, published in Spanish and translated into Polish, Portuguese and English.


Yves Peters

YvesYves Peters is a graphic designer/rock drummer/father of three who tries to be critical about typography without coming across as a snob. Previously a columnist for and editor-in-chief for The FontFeed, he has found a new home at Type Network. His ability to identify most typefaces on sight is utterly useless in daily life.


Tamye Riggs

TamyeTamye Riggs, Executive Director of the Association Typographique Internationale (ATypI), is a writer, editor, and designer specializing in typography and the related arts.

As former Executive Director of the Society of Typographic Aficionados (SOTA), she helmed the production of TypeCon and co-edited the organization’s Interrobang magazine. The author of eight books on type and design, Riggs has contributed to publications such as HOW, Print, STEP, Adobe Create, and, and develops content for select type foundries and distributors.

Liron Lavi Turkenich

LironLiron Lavi Turkenich is an independent typeface designer and researcher based in Israel. She holds a B.Des in Visual Communications from Shenkar College in Tel Aviv and an MA in Typeface Design from University of Reading, UK.

Liron designs multilingual typefaces for international companies, specializing in Hebrew and Amharic. Among them is Aravrit, a new hybrid writing system which merges Hebrew and Arabic, and has received wide recognition for its ingenuity and scope. In addition to design, she writes about letterforms, interviews designers, teaches, and researches Hebrew type design. She also shares her knowledge and experiences in lectures and workshops around the world. Liron loves traveling, talking with people, and searching for typographic treasures in dusty archives.


Borys Kosmynka

BorysType and graphic designer. Borys combines the classical designs influenced by foundry type with the contemporary approach to typography defined by digital media. Since 2016 he collaborates with The Book Art Museum in Lodz in preserving the polish typographic legacy and reviving the traditional printing and casting techniques. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the Academy of Fine Arts in Lodz. Borys is involved in organizing multiple design events such as IMAGE conference, the Conference at the International Poster Biennale in Warsaw and others apart from the annual ATypI conference. He is also the editor of the Design and Typography section of the Notebook For 6 Weeks (Notes Na 6 Tygodni)—a cultural periodic in Poland. 

Carolina Laudon

CarolinaCarolina Laudon runs her own type studio, Laudon Design AB, and has been an ATypI Country Delegate for Sweden since 2000. Her work includes some of Swedens most used corporate fonts.

She has been awarded the Berling Prize, Sweden's most prestigious typographic design award, and in 2014 she was presented with Stena A Olsson’s Cultural Prize including a major retrospective exhibition of her work at the Gothenburg Art Museum, the first exhibition of its kind in Sweden.

Carolina is also one of Sweden's most respected university teachers, guest critics, lecturers and supervisor on typography, type history and typeface design.