Karel van der Waarde studied graphic design in the Netherlands (1986: The Design Academy, Eindhoven) and in the UK (1988: De Montfort University, Leicester; 1993: the University of Reading).
In 1995, he started a design-research consultancy in Belgium specializing in the testing of information design. His company develops patient information leaflets, instructions, forms, packaging, and the information architecture for websites. Most of the projects are related to information about medicines for patients, doctors and pharmacists.
Karel van der Waarde frequently publishes and lectures about visual information. Avans University of Applied Sciences (Breda, The Netherlands) appointed him as scholar in Visual Rhetoric between 2006 and 2014. It was a research post to investigate the development and use of visual communication with a longer term aim to support the relations between practice, research and education. From September 2014, he’ll be teaching (part time) at the Basel School of Design.
Van der Waarde is a life-Fellow of the Communications Research Institute (Melbourne, Australia), a board member of International Institute for Information Design (IIID, Vienna, Austria) and editorial board member of Information Design Journal, Journal of Visual Communication, the Poster and Visible Language.
Niki Sioki has worked in the publishing industry for more than twenty years specialising in editing and designing medical and academic books.
She has been actively involved in research programmes on Greek academic publishing and in the training of professionals working for the publishing sector.
Niki holds a PhD in Typography and Graphic Communication from the University of Reading. Her research interests concentrate on the typographic history of Greek alphabet books, book design history, typography for children’s books and issues concerning the design of complex documents.
She is currently teaching typography, design for publishing, and design research in the Graphic Communication programme at the Department of Design and Multimedia.
Gerry Leonidas is a Professor in Typography at the University of Reading, UK. He teaches typography and typeface design. His research interests focus on publication design and typeface design with particular focus on Greek typography. The rest of his time is taken with enterprise and knowledge transfer projects, consultancy on publication design and typeface design, and reviews of bodies of work. He is the Programme Director of the MA Typeface Design programme, and the TDi summer course; both are global reference points for type education.
Apostolos Rizos is a designer specialising in visual communication and typography. He has undertaken research on "Greek posters produced in the first half of the 20th century" in the Department of Typography and Graphic Communication at the University of Reading, UK. He has given lectures and teaches occasionally. Apostolos has organised a number of educational and cultural activities in Greece and abroad in collaboration with public and independent cultural institutions. For more than 20 years he works as a visual communication advisor and designer for cultural organisations and established corporations. He is a co-founder of Altervision SA and of Poeta Negra (an award wining record label), and founder of Les Yper Yper, an art and communication organisation, which he also directs.
Klimis Mastoridis is editor of "Hyphen, a typographic forum" and author of the books "Θέματα αναπαραγωγής και εκτύπωσης" (Reproduction and printing issues; 1988, 1993, 1997, new ed. 2010) and "Casting the Greek Newspaper: a study of the morphology of the ‘ephemeris’ from its origins until the introduction of mechanical setting" (1999). He is a co-founder of Altervision SA, Fellow of the International Society of Typographic Designers (ISTD) and of the Institute of Paper, Printing and Publishing (IP3) as well as the initiator of the idea and the driving force behind the International Conference on Typography and Visual Communication (ICTVC / June 2002, 2004 & 2007 in Thessaloniki, Greece, and June 2010 and 2013 in Nicosia, Cyprus). Klimis, who holds a PhD in Typography and Graphic Communication from the University of Reading, is currently Professor of Typography & Graphic Communication at the "University of Nicosia", where he served as the Head of the "Department of Design & Multimedia" for six years (April 2008–2014).