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This is History Class

A series of public events accompanying the exhibition Off the Grid, organised by the staff and teachers of Graphic Design at KASK – School of Arts Gent.

Eminent graphic design historians share their latest research on histories of Belgian graphic design. The event will end with a roundtable discussion about where graphic design history research should go next.

Jo De Baerdemaeker on the history of typography in Belgium, under the title Typo Belgiëque; Katarina Serulus about graphic design and Belgian club culture between 1970 and 2000; and Katrien Van Haute on the design philosophy behind selected modernist graphic design pieces.

Jo De Baerdemaeker is an independent Belgian typeface designer and researcher. He holds an MA in Typeface Design and a PhD from the University of Reading. His interests are designing, researching and writing about world script typefaces (particularly Tibetan, Lantsa, Mongolian and Javanese) and multilingual typography. He is a regular speaker at international conferences.

Katarina Serulus studied art history and design cultures at KU Leuven and VU Amsterdam. In 2016, she defended her PhD thesis at the University of Antwerp, entitled Design & Politics: The Public Promotion of Industrial Design in Post-war Belgium (1950-1986), which was published in 2018 by Leuven University Press.

Katrien Van Haute, PhD, is specialised in the origins of graphic design in Belgium in the first half of the 20th century. She teaches at LUCA School of Arts, Ghent.

Sara De Bondt is a graphic designer, teacher and curator and will chair the concluding panel about design history today.