Janneke Johanna Janssen
Graphic Design researcher


Janneke worked as a freelance graphic designer and was an engaging board member of the artist space Hedah for seven years. After several years of work experience after completing her BA in Visual Communication, she enlarged her knowledge about (typo)graphic design through the Master ‘Reading Type and Typography’ at PXL-MAD Media Arts and Design and through an internship at the typographic legibility research group READSEARCH.

Her main interests include (typo)graphic design, book design, archives, collections, modular systems, text-image relations, narratives, transformations between analogue and digital. These interests lead to explorations of archives and documentation. These sources of information form the foundations for renewed book designs.

Janneke is currently extending typographic research in a PhD position. She explores reading in non-linear magazines with large-scale documentation in this era of digitization by means of texts, images, grid systems and their relations.


2019 November – now
PhD fellowship FWO (Science Research Fund Flanders)
affiliate of UHasselt/MAD-Research
> typographic researcher at READSEARCH

2016 – 2018
Master of Arts (International MA Reading Type & Typography)
Graphic Design (diploma, with the greatest distinction)
Promotors: prof. dr. Ann Bessemans & dr. Geoffrey Brusatto
MAD Faculty, Hasselt, Belgium

Internship at legibility/readability reading research group READSEARCH


Certificate of Typographic Excellence for the periodical ‘Reading Mary through Time & Space’ selected by TDC (40th), New York City
(Worldwide exhibition and publication)

Silver certificate – Indigo Award in book design for the book ‘20 years Hedah, the archive’, ceremony at the Picasso Museum, Malaga
(Ceremony and publication)

Silver certificate – Indigo Award in book design for the periodical ‘Reading Mary through Time & Space’, ceremony at the Picasso Museum, Malaga
(Ceremony and publication)

It’s a Book – best student work (Master project) at publication fair, HGB Leipzig, Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig
(Fair and publication)

Format 2019 by Z33–House for contemporary art Hasselt
Selected graphic designer campaign/publication

Best Belgium Graphic Design project (MA and BA education)Flanders DC Magazine, Beste Designklas 2018

Wannatoe nominee for best Master projectHet Belang van Limburg, Z33, Flacc, LUCA School of Arts, UHasselt and PXL-MAD faculty


2019 September – 2019 November
Format. Changing Attitudes.
Z33, House for contemporary art, design & architecture, Hasselt
> group exhibition, talent trajectory
> graphic designer of catalogue, campaign, signing (part of the show)

2019 July – 2021 July
Type Directors Club, NYC > Master project exhibit at the 65th Awards Exhibition (TDC65) at The Cooper Union, New York City
> included in travelling exhibition around the world, 33 countries between 2019 & 2021

2019 March
It’s a Book> Master project exhibit at the publication fair by It’s a Book publisher at HGB Academy of Fine Arts, Leipzig

2018 November
PXL MAD School of Arts
> Master project exhibit at PXL-MAD, School of Arts, Hasselt

2018 September
Rite de passage> video, acrylic glass type window, catalogue / group exhibition
> side programme of ATypI / Hofstraat 15, Oude Beurs, Antwerpen

2018 August
Eburon Hotel> books / group exhibition / during MoMeNT, Tongeren

2018 June
EXIT> books / group exhibition / CCHA, Hasselt

2018 April
> Installation/student project  / curated by Micha Hulsman / PXL-MAD, School of Arts, Hasselt

2016 November
Trade Marks,  City Triennial Hasselt-Genk> poster / group exhibition / Jenever Museum, Hasselt

2016 November
WASTELAND> installation / group exhibition / Landbouwbelang, Maastricht


Hedah – Centre for Contemporary Art Maastricht
Bink – Zines

Further (voluntary) work

2018 April – 2018 September
Assistant at READSEARCH> organisation, design, research

2018 September
ATypI 2018, Antwerp
> guidance, manual work

2018 JanuaryScience Day, UHasselt > With reading research group READSEARCH

Cinema Lumiere, Maastricht

* Photo: Ann Bessemans